North Korean hackers allegedly probing US utilities for weaknesses

www.theregister.co.uk | 10/11/2017 | Staff
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Hackers believed to be from North Korea are casing out US electric companies in preparation for a possible cyber attack – so says security firm FireEye.

"FireEye devices detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent on Sept. 22, 2017, to US electric companies by known cyber threat actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government," the infosec outfit reported on Tuesday. "This activity was early-stage reconnaissance, and not necessarily indicative of an imminent, disruptive cyber attack that might take months to prepare if it went undetected."

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FireEye has previously detected suspected Nork hackers probing the systems of South Korean utilities. The firm adds that DPRK hackers are yet to display ability to interfere with industrial control systems much less cause power outages. All this probing is nonetheless a cause for concern.

In December 2014, the South Korean government claimed that nuclear power plants operated by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) were targeted by wiper malware. North Korean hackers were the prime suspects in the attack, the impact of which may have been exaggerated for propaganda purposes. "This incident did not demonstrate the ability to disable operations," FireEye said. "Instead, sensitive KHNP documents were leaked by the actors as part of an effort to exaggerate...
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