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U.S. blames North Korea for series of cyberattacks

U.S. blames North Korea for series of cyberattacks”

North Korean government hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment in what was believed to be "retribution" of sorts for Sony's production of a Seth Rogen and James Franco movie called The Interview, which featured a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a rare cybersecurity bulletin linking North Korea to a series of attacks that have targeted USA businesses and critical infrastructure since 2009.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned this week that North Korea is using malicious software to set up networks of hijacked computer devices that can be used in large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

North Korea is responsible for cyberattacks dating back to 2009, and more are planned, according to the usa government. The North Korean hackers also used Adobe Flash player vulnerabilities to gain initial entry into users' environments. The US-CERT report suggests Hidden Cobra was the botnet used by these two groups. The US government didn't tiptoe around the issue, instead pointing the finger of blame at North Korea for a series of cyberattacks dating back to 2009.

Analysts have long suspected that the Lazarus Group had ties to the North Korean government.

The conclusion was met with skepticism due to the lack of technical detail and the thorny uncertainties in computer forensics that make definitive attribution hard.

"It is ridiculous. Whenever something odd happens, it is the stereotype way of the United States and the hostile forces that kick off noisy anti-DPRK campaign", said Kim In Ryong, deputy North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, last month.

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North Korea is also suspected of being behind the shocking theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank's at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

DeltaCharlie is a DDoS tool capable of launching Domain Name System (DNS) attacks, Network Time Protocol (NTP) attacks, and Character Generation Protocol attacks. Mistakes in some of the requests raised suspicions, and some transfers were halted.

Public have been alerted to more likely attacks.

The SWIFT attacks continued in Europe earlier this year.

The alleged connection to the attacks on South Korea and Sony reveal that these attacks are politically motivated.

"Tools and capabilities used by HIDDEN COBRA actors include DDoS botnets, keyloggers, remote access tools (RATs), and wiper malware". Adobe said via email that it patched the vulnerabilities in June 2016. "The multiple vulnerabilities in these older systems provide cyber actors many targets for exploitation", the alert notes. "Federal Bureau of Investigation has high confidence that Hidden Cobra actors are using the IP addresses for further network exploitation". The cyberespionage group has been operating since 2009 and has been typically targeting "systems running older, unsupported versions of Microsoft operating systems".

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