North Korean Tried To Steal Bitcoins From South Korea

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North Korean Tried To Steal Bitcoins From South Korea

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Police investigations have pointed to North Korea as responsible for recent attempts to hack South Korea’s virtual currency exchanges, AFP reported on September 27.

They reached the conclusion after investigating attacks on dozens of email accounts of employees at four local bitcoin exchanges, according to Yonhap news agency.

Police said the North Korean hackers sent emails containing malware between July and August this year. The hackers were using “spearphishing” attacks targeting the personal email accounts of employees at the exchanges by pretending to be security authorities. As the hackers also targeted smartphones, it’s safe to assume they attempted to compromise devices used for two-factor authentication.

The emails were sent from a single IP address linked to previous North Korean hacking attempts against Seoul. A report by security researcher FireEye earlier this month said North Korean hackers had launched attacks on at least three South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges since May.

No computers were compromised and no digital currency was stolen in any of the cases, the report said.

South Korea is one of the world’s largest trading hubs for cryptocurrencies, with Seoul-based Bithumb ranking as the world’s largest exchange for virtual currency.

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  • qveenz

    Is this a joke or SK are thinking that we are stupid to beleive such story : same IP ?

    • Solomon Krupacek

      this is not joke
      NK is thief. such things happen not the first time.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      FIREEYE a huge US contractor started from nowhere in 2004 and has 3200 employees spook central if you ask me.

  • Garga

    Then the question is: Why would a hacker use a burnt IP address again? A single known discovered one.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      This is as bad as the other company crowdstrike saying the Russians hacked the DNC , FIREEYE is a new company that blossomed in 2004 with contracts with the US govt ,we know where it’s allegiance lays and this find is pretty lame and they expect us to believe the North or South Koreans are computers illiterate bumpkins, this is too funny. :)))))

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    This bloody flat eyes puppets of USA think we believed in this crap.USA still colonizing South Korea and Japan their just do as their NATO bosses say.