North Korea supports a group of hackers who use open source software and target various organizations in aviation, media, defense and IT services, as claimed by Microsoft. Read the full article to learn more about this news.
About the hackers
Zink, which is the code name given to a threat group by Microsoft, the software that also destroyed Sony Pictures in 2014, is now targeting PuTTy and other legitimate and authentic open source applications that have a strongly encrypted code that can install spyware malware. The trick used by these hackers is that when they first target a company, they will pretend to be job recruiters. They will connect with you through LinkedIn and talk to you in a way that makes you believe they are authentic. Then they will move the conversation to Whatsapp and will push you to install more apps that infect the documents of the company. “The actors have successfully compromised a number of organizations since June 2022,” members of Microsoft Security Threat Intelligence and LinkedIn Threat Prevention and Defense wrote in a post. “Due to the broad use of the platforms and software used by ZINC in this campaign, ZINC may pose a significant threat to individuals and organizations across multiple sectors and regions.” If you don’t know what PuTTy is, it’s actually an open source terminal emulator, serial console, and network file transfer application.
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