26 Aug 2020

What is Kim Yo Jong’s exact role in North Korean politics? Top South Korean officials appear divided

Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, allegedly became the second most powerful North Korean figure after Kim Jong Un dictated some of his authorities to his younger sibling. However, the South Korean government disputes this claim, stating that Kim Yo Jong will not be named as a successor

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26 Aug 2020

Lazarus Group Targets Cryptocurrency Firms Via LinkedIn Messages

Lazarus Group, a North Korean-based APT, has been targeting the cryptocurrency industry through sophisticated phishing messages over LinkedIn. The nation-state threat operator has allegedly been conducting a widespread phishing campaign that targets a variety of businesses worldwide and appears to be financially motivated. The attackers are attempting to leverage the

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19 Aug 2020

U.S. Army Report Describes North Korea’s Cyber Warfare Capabilities

A new report published by the US Army details North Korea’s cyber warfare capabilities, which currently pose a significant threat to US national security. The report is over three pages, and highlights electronic intelligence warfare. This tactic is allegedly commonly used by North Korea to collect information on its enemies.

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13 Aug 2020

Israel Says It Beat Attack by North Korean Cyber Group Under U.S. Sanctions

On Wednesday, Israel made a statement claiming that it had avoided a North Korean cyber group called Lazarus’s attempt to steal sensitive information from the country’s leading defense companies. Israel’s Defense Ministry did not specifically link North Korea to the Lazarus group, however, Lazarus is known to be a prominent

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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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