February 21, 2024

North Korean hackers weaponize COVID outbreak in latest cyber attack

DPRK-linked Kimsuky group spreads fake press releases containing malicious code, cybersecurity firm says

North Korean hackers have wasted little time weaponizing the country’s COVID-19 outbreak to spread viruses of their own making, security researchers say. 

Researchers at South Korea-based cybersecurity firm AhnLabs announced on Wednesday they had detected new, malware-laced press releases suspected to originate from Kimsuky, one of North Korea’s most notorious hacking syndicates.