N Korea hacked officials’ emails
SOUTH Korean prosecutors believe North Korea hacked into the email accounts of dozens of South Korean government officials this year – the latest in a series of suspected cyber-attacks by Pyongyang – the South’s Yonhap news agency reported here yesterday.
Investigations showed 56 people, including officials at the foreign, defence and unification ministries, had their email passwords stolen by a “North Korea-operated group” from January to June, Yonhap said, citing the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office in Seoul.
Yonhap said the hackers set up 27 phishing sites using a free web-hosting server in January and posed as portal sites run by the foreign ministry, universities and defence-related companies to steal the passwords of top officials.
An investigation is still ongoing to see if any confidential information may have been leaked.
The latest cyber-attack comes just days after South Korean police said the North stole the personal data of more than 10 million customers at South Korean online shopping mall Interpark. –