Microsoft Is Suing North Korean Hackers, Thallium For Stealing Information
Microsoft sues two anonymous people who they claim work for Thallium and are North Korean Hackers. Thallium is a mysterious North Korean hacking group accused of allegedly stealing “highly sensitive information” from computers in the United States.
The suit describes the crime as a “cybertheft operation” that has worked to gain access to “high-value” computer networks.
Thallium is said to have targeted government employees, Think Tanks, university staff and members of groups that work on nuclear proliferation and human rights in the operations. Microsoft filed the lawsuit on 18th December 2019, but it became public late in December 2019.
The complaint alleges the group “has been active since 2010, and it poses a threat today and into the future.”
Microsoft is also asking that companies who host website domains in association with Thallium, to hand over control of the sites. It also wants compensation for damages.
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The complaint further says:
“the precise identities and locations of those behind the activity are generally unknown but have been linked by many in the security community to North Korean hacking group or groups,”.
Thallium hackers employ a technique known as “spearphishing” in their operations. This technique seeks to gain passwords and other sensitive information from users through emails crafted to look as if they’re coming from an authentic Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo account.
North Korean hackers used personal information from social media
The emails attempt to lure users into providing login information by claiming to find suspicious activity on their accounts.
Hackers may have also used personal information from victims’ social media pages. This could have made the emails particularly convincing, according to the lawsuit.
Hackers also used deceptive websites to trick users into believing they were on legitimate Microsoft websites. They employed email attachments to distribute malware as well. Some of the malware identified in the complaint are “BabyShark” and “KimJongRAT”. They were then able “compromise systems and steal data from victim systems,” the complaint concluded.
Microsoft suing Thallium is another example of how important cybersecurity has become. Stay say safe in the new year.
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