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North Korean Spies Hack Cell Phones, Create Zombie PC Army
March 9, 2016

South Korea’s intelligence agency has reported a wave of cyberattacks by neighbor North Korea on the cell phones and internet of government officials. The attacks are just a part of North Korea’s latest round of provocations against its southern neighbor.

According to ZDNET, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service claims North Korean hackers were able to hack the cell phones of senior government officials by sending texts that in turn planted malicious codes when clicked. The process sounds similar to phishing, in which a hacker will send an email, text or other message impersonating a friendly source, either to gather sensitive information such as passwords or surreptitiously install software. Twenty percent of the attacks were successful.

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The report also says that North Korea created an army of 60,000 zombie PCs—also called a botnet—in South Korea, capable of being tasked remotely to perform tasks such as bombarding servers in a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). Attacks were also reported against railroad companies, specifically control centers. In addition, North Korea appears to be going global with its zombification process, with 10,000 computers hijacked in 120 countries worldwide in January of this year alone. It’s a sizable force to be sure, but for context many of the world’s largest known botnets are estimated to consist of upwards of a million machines.

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North Korea’s hacking appears to be for spying purposes, gathering intelligence on what South Korea is up to. It could also be looking for information to blackmail southern politicians and government officials, whatever it can get its hands on. The attacks against railroad control centers are ominous as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly demanded his government prepare terrorist attacks against South Korean targets.

Earlier this year North Korea launched a rocket, ostensibly for space research but likely to further progress on an intercontinental ballistic missile. It also conducted a nuclear test and fired short-range rockets into the Sea of Japan.

Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a19828/north-korea-spies-hack-cell-phones-create-zombie-pc-army/

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