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Report Details North Korea's Cyberwarfare Activities

Report Details North Korea's Cyberwarfare Activities
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By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 06:41 PM

A new report provides a glimpse into North Korea's cyberwarfare activities, which are conducted via a group called Reaper, or APT37.

FireEye published a report this week that detailed some of what the rogue nation is up to.

"Recent examination of this group's activities by FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence reveals APT37 has expanded its operations in both scope and sophistication," the report reads. "APT37's toolset, which includes access to zero-day vulnerabilities and wiper malware, combined with heightened tensions in Northeast Asia and North Korea's penchant for norm breaking, means this group should be taken seriously."

FireEye wrote that North Korea's cyber unit has been active since at least 2012 and primarily focuses on public and private targets in South Korea. It also targets Japan, Vietnam, and countries in the Middle East.

"We judge that APT37's primary mission is covert intelligence gathering in support of North Korea's strategic military, political, and economic interests," the report reads. "APT37's recently expanded targeting scope also appears to have direct relevance to North Korea's strategic interests."

The report goes into details about specific cyberattacks, including one that targeted a Middle Eastern telecommunications company. There have also been documented attacks on journalists and researchers.

"We assess with high confidence that APT37 acts in support of the North Korean government and is primarily based in North Korea," the report reads. "This assessment is based on multiple factors, including APT37's targeting profile, insight into the group's malware development, and probable links to a North Korean individual believed to be the developer of several of APT37's proprietary malware families."

The report concludes by listing and describing 14 types of malware North Korea is suspected of using.

North Korea has long been suspected of carrying out cyberattacks across the globe, including the infamous WannaCry attack that impacted hospitals, banks, and other businesses last year. The reclusive nation, which is pursuing an arsenal of nuclear weapons, is also believed to have stolen millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

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