The UN has released an expanded version of the report on North Korean cybercrimes, revealing new details of the operations of North Korean hackers.
in a closed UN report last week, North Korean hackers are responsible for stealing $2 billion from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. According to researchers, North Korea used the stolen funds to finance the development of weapons of mass destruction.
A new, more expanded version of the report, which was obtained by the Associated Press, says that North Korea has carried out at least 35 hacks in 17 countries and that UN experts are investigating these cases. The UN says that South Korea took the brunt of the attack, suffering 10 attacks. The researchers also note that the South Korean Bithumb exchange was hacked
hackers at least four times.
India became the second country to suffer the largest number of attacks from North Korean hackers – three times the country’s enterprises were attacked. Bangladesh and Chile have faced at least two hacks each. Thirteen countries were affected by the attacks on one occasion: Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The report describes the tactics of North Korea’s attacks and notes that three “low-risk and high-yield” methods are mainly used to obtain illegal income. In addition to targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and users, North Korean hackers also carry out attacks on the SWIFT interbank system, ” using the computers and infrastructure of bank employees to send fraudulent messages and destroy evidence.”
In one of the attacks, hackers managed to take over the ATM network of an entire country and redirect 10,000 payments to North Korea. The report also claims that North Korea is mining cryptocurrency using hidden mining programs to finance the armed forces.