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NBC: NKorea Tried to Attack US Power Companies

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:11 PM

North Korean hackers recently targeted U.S. power companies with spearphishing attacks in an effort to get access to their computer systems, NBC News reported Tuesday.

The network quoted from a memo sent from cybersecurity firm FireEye to its clients. There is no evidence the spearphishing attempts were successful.

According to the report, hackers sent an email invitation to a fake fundraiser. If an employee downloaded the attachment he or she also would infect the company's computer system with malware designed to harm it.

FireEye did not dispute NBC's report, but would not discuss it.

"This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us," C. Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI chief of counterintelligence, told NBC.

The news comes as tensions between the United States and North Korea have escalated as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have traded barbs — and threats of possible military action.

NBC reported in August that U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly concerned North Korea could use its sophisticated cyber abilities to attack American infrastructure. It hit Sony Pictures in 2014 over a comedy film that depicted Kim's assassination.

Most American power companies have the ability to avoid widespread damage from cyber attacks, cybersecurity expert Robert Lee, said, though some smaller companies are more vulnerable.

Lee told NBC that "any targeting of infrastructure by a foreign power is a concerning thing," but they "are far from being able to disrupt the electric grid."

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North Korean hackers recently targeted U.S. power companies with spearphishing attacks in an effort to get access to their computer systems, NBC News reported Tuesday.
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