31 Jul 2020

Japan Edges Toward Military Pre-emptive Strike Option

In Japan, ruling-party lawmakers are fighting for Japan’s military to have the ability to strike foreign missile launch sites in order to mitigate the threat posed by potential attacks from North Korea and China. The proposal was released on Friday on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party’s defense policy committee.

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30 Jul 2020

North Korean Hackers Sniffing for US Defense Secrets

According to McAfee, North Korea was behind a cyber-espionage campaign that occurred earlier this year and targeted US defense and aerospace firms. McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research group claimed they detected similarities between the recent campaign and previous ones that linked the espionage to Hidden Cobra, a term used to refer

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29 Jul 2020

Lazarus Group Shifts Gears with Custom Ransomware

North Korean advanced persistent threat (APT) group called Lazarus has emerged with new custom ransomware first spotted by Kaspersky in attacks against two organizations in March and April of this year. Researchers who have been observing the group’s actions state that the strain of ransomware utilized in the attacks is

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27 Jul 2020

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

Earlier today, a study published in the journal Science Advances describes how researchers used artificial intelligence to discover over 900 ships of Chinese origin docked in North Korean waters. The massive fleets of Chinese fishing boats have been potentially illegally operating in North Korean waters with tracking systems halted. The

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24 Jul 2020

Pentagon Seeks New Means for Detecting Underground Nuclear Tests

The Defense Department is reportedly seeking information that will help the agency detect underground nuclear tests. The agency posted a solicitation on Saturday, stating that they plan to make up to four awards to researchers developing solutions relating to below-ground nuclear testing. Similarly, the Air Force Research Laboratory released a

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23 Jul 2020

Lazarus Group Surfaces with Advanced Malware Framework

North Korean hacking group called Lazarus Group has emerged with a new multipurpose malware framework that targets a variety of systems, including Windows, Linux, and macOS. The APT has named the sophisticated malware framework MATA. Kaspersky researchers discovered the new framework when investigating a series of attacks that utilized the

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06 Jul 2020

North Korean hackers linked to credit card stealing attacks on US stores

Research released earlier today connects North Korean nation-state hacking group Lazarus to a campaign that lasted over a year and targeted payment card information of customers of large US and European based retailers. The group allegedly used legitimate websites to exfiltrate stolen credit card data from the companies, known as

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24 Jun 2020

North Korea suspends plans for increased military pressure against the South

North Korea has been purposefully escalating tensions against South Korea and has now suspended plans to increase military pressure against its neighbor. Ties between the two countries rapidly deteriorated over the past month, particularly when North Korea blew up a joint liaison office used for negotiations. The decision comes after

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23 Jun 2020

South Korean activist floats leaflets to North amid tensions

On Tuesday, an activist claimed that a South Korean group launched hundreds of thousands of leaflets by balloon across the border into North Korea overnight. The actions occur just days after North Korea purposefully bombed a shared center between the two warring countries, making a statement against actions such as

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17 Jun 2020

S Korea unification minister offers to resign over tensions with North

Just one day after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office with the South in a fit of discontent with the South’s practices of sending propagated material secretly over the border, the South Korean unification minister has offered to resign. The two countries have been involved in decades of

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