Radio Free Asia reports that North Korea is continuing extensive attempts to hack into the computer networks of South Korean virtual currency exchanges.
Thus, according to the report, state-sponsored North Korean hackers have been accused of targeting South Korean Bitcoin exchanges with cyberattacks and hacking attempts by a South Korean official. More specifically, at least one or two domestic Bitcoin and digital currency exchanges were the target of an attempted hacking by the country’s neighbours to the north.
The accusation is lead by Simon Choi, an official of South Korea’s Cyber Warfare Intelligence Center (CWIC).
It is not only one or two exchanges where attack attempts have been made. Startups that use blockchain, financial technology sector companies as well as others, may have been the target of hacking emails.
Official of South Korea’s Cyber Warfare Intelligence Center (CWIC)
According to Choi, the emails would be sent to the employees of targeted firms. Opening the emails and reading its contents would provide an opportunity for attached malware to be planted inside the company's computer network. The emails would often claim the sender represented a government authority, such as South Korea's fair trade commission, other times the emails would include resumes from "job seekers."
As speculated by CWIC, the malicious code attached to the emails was identical to viruses of North Korean origin.