According to the Japanese National Police Agency (NPA), hackers from the North Korean criminal syndicate Lazarus Group are targeting domestic cryptocurrency companies. It’s the fifth time the NPA has linked “public attribution” to a North Korean cybercriminal organization, according to local reports.
Japanese Law Enforcement and Financial Regulators Warn Against Lazarus Group Attacks
According to a recently published report, hackers from notorious crime syndicate Lazarus Group are targeting Japanese cryptocurrency companies. NPA Cyber Security ReportAuthorities applied “public attribution” to the suspect, noting that the hacker was from North Korea and was most likely a member of the Lazarus Gang of cybercriminals.
The National Police Agency called Lazarus a “subordinate organization of the North Korean authorities” and said recent cyberattacks were “targeting crypto-related businesses.” His NPA in Japan also notes that US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) law enforcement officers have issued similar warnings about certain attack methods of the Lazarus Group.
The NPA details how the hackers sent “employee phishing emails impersonating the target company’s executives” and “approached the target company’s employees” under the guise of “fake accounts.”Japanese news organization Japan News detail This is the fifth time Japanese authorities have warned about the notorious Lazarus group.
The report notes that the NPA has not disclosed specific cases involving Lazarus. However, Japan News reports that sources familiar with the matter believe that Lazarus was responsible for his Zaif hack in 2018 and his Bitpoint Japan hack in 2019.
NPA notices warn about suspicious phishing emails and engagement with dubious people using disguise. Katsuyuki Okamoto, an executive at information security firm Trend Micro, said the joint warning from the National Police Agency and the Financial Services Agency (FSA) would help draw attention to the issue.
“It’s important to engage with public attribution because it raises public awareness of perpetrators’ tactics and encourages people to take action,” Okamoto said in a statement Saturday.
The latest notifications from Japan’s NPA and FSA follow North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile in the first week of October. The last time North Korea launched a missile over Japan was in 2017, five years before her. Tensions between the two countries have increased since North Korea recently launched a missile in Aomori prefecture.
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