South Korea’s mil­i­tary probes sus­pected North Korean hack­ing on de­fence sup­pli­ers

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Seoul: South Korea’s mil­i­tary has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea (North Korea) hack­ing at­tempts on lo­cal de­fence sup­pli­ers, Yon­hap quoted an of­fi­cial source on Fri­day. “We have learned that un­known emails dis­guised as those from the de­fence pro­cure­ment agency were sent to lo­cal de­fence sup­pli­ers and arms trad­ing agen­cies,” the source said.

“We are lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the as­sump­tion that they could be North Korea’s hack­ing at­tempts on de­fence firms.” The emails were ask­ing the com­pa­nies to join a sur­vey on gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies to be of­fered to help de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ers take part in a de­fence ex­hi­bi­tion, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial. He said the emails were car­ry­ing ma­li­cious codes as file at­tach­ments, which, when down­loaded, al­low hack­ing at­tacks and re­sults in data leaks. Last month, South Korea’s key builder of naval war­ships Han­jin Heavy In­dus­tries & Con­struc­tion Co. came un­der a hack­ing at­tack sup­pos­edly launched by North Korea and had their on­line data leaked be­fore the mil­i­tary opened a probe. Xin­hua

de­fence firms.

South Korea mil­i­tary be­lieves that North Korea may be hack­ing into South Korean

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