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North Korea-developed malware is still on US networks, officials warn North Korea-developed malware is still on networks, officials warn
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US authorities have warned that malware developed in North Korea is still lurking in many computer networks, giving hackers backdoor access to government, financial, automotive and media organizations.US authorities have warned that malware developed in North Korea is still lurking in many computer networks, giving hackers backdoor access to government, financial, automotive and media organizations.
An alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned of surreptitious activity by the so-called “Hidden Cobra” hacker group, also known by the name “Lazarus”.An alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned of surreptitious activity by the so-called “Hidden Cobra” hacker group, also known by the name “Lazarus”.
US officials earlier this year blamed the group for a series of cyber-attacks dating back to 2009, saying it was linked to the Pyongyang government.US officials earlier this year blamed the group for a series of cyber-attacks dating back to 2009, saying it was linked to the Pyongyang government.
In Tuesday’s warning, the DHS Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert) said the hackers could still maintain a presence on victims’ networks with the aim of “further network exploitation”.In Tuesday’s warning, the DHS Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert) said the hackers could still maintain a presence on victims’ networks with the aim of “further network exploitation”.
The report said some networks could be infected with the Volgmer “backdoor Trojan” or a remote administration tool known as Fallchill, which can give hackers complete control of a system.The report said some networks could be infected with the Volgmer “backdoor Trojan” or a remote administration tool known as Fallchill, which can give hackers complete control of a system.
It said FBI investigators suspected the Fallchill tool had been used since 2016 and Volgmer since 2013.It said FBI investigators suspected the Fallchill tool had been used since 2016 and Volgmer since 2013.
Private security analysts refer to Hidden Cobra as the “Lazarus” group of hackers linked to North Korea and probably behind a series of multimillion-dollar cyberthefts from banks around the world.Private security analysts refer to Hidden Cobra as the “Lazarus” group of hackers linked to North Korea and probably behind a series of multimillion-dollar cyberthefts from banks around the world.
Some analysts say the Lazarus group may also have been behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak earlier this year.Some analysts say the Lazarus group may also have been behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak earlier this year.
Hackers in the Hidden Cobra or Lazarus group have been active since 2009 and “have leveraged their capabilities to target and compromise a range of victims”, according to a DHS report in June.Hackers in the Hidden Cobra or Lazarus group have been active since 2009 and “have leveraged their capabilities to target and compromise a range of victims”, according to a DHS report in June.
“Some intrusions have resulted in the exfiltration of data while others have been disruptive in nature.”“Some intrusions have resulted in the exfiltration of data while others have been disruptive in nature.”
DHS and FBI officials say the group “will continue to use cyber operations to advance their government’s military and strategic objectives”, according to the DHS report.DHS and FBI officials say the group “will continue to use cyber operations to advance their government’s military and strategic objectives”, according to the DHS report.
North Korea has denied orchestrating any cyber-attacks, but the latest report comes amid rising tensions with the US over the communist regime’s nuclear testing program.North Korea has denied orchestrating any cyber-attacks, but the latest report comes amid rising tensions with the US over the communist regime’s nuclear testing program.