On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint statement saying that the people behind the attacks are “cyber actors of the North Korean Government” who target computers running unpatched, older versions of Microsoft Windows. They also gain access to specific computers using Adobe Flash.
The FBI and DHS have referred to the attacks as hidden cobra, saying those responsible were previously named the Lazarus group and Keepers of Peace. The recent WannaCry ransomware attacks and the infamous attacks on Sony in 2014 are said to be at the hands of the Lazarus group.
Both of these were big-time events. The WannaCry attack locked users out of their computers, hitting more then 300,000 PC’s in more than 150 countries in a matter of days. The hack into Sony pictures was bad enough that President Obama weighed in saying the attack caused lots of damage.
The DHS and FBI stated that the perpetrators are capable of introducing malware, keystroke logging, using remote access tools and employing denial of service attacks.
The US government believes cybersecurity is a top concern right now. Recently President Trump signed an executive order urging greater action to improve government cyberdefense.
Cyber security is becoming more and more of a problem in this day and age. Definitely something we in the public really need to pay attention to.
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