N Korea hacked of­fi­cials’ emails

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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