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7/29/2016
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South Korea: Cyberattack By North Korea Exposed Data Of 10 Million Consumers

Personal data of visitors to online shopping portal stolen, says South Korea police.

South Korea has blamed Pyongyang for the hacking of a shopping portal and identity theft of more than 10 million shoppers, reports The Washington Times. The country’s National Police Agency alleged the “advanced persistent threat attack” was engineered by North Korea’s spy agency General Bureau of Reconnaissance, citing telltale IP addresses and language used in the attack.

The Seoul-based Interpark website was reportedly breached in May via an email containing malware sent on an employee’s computer. Personal details of shoppers were compromised, which the hackers tried to unsuccessfully sell back to Interpark for virtual cryptocurrency, say reports.

Experts fear that the stolen data could be used to hack into other sites and demand ransom payment.

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8/1/2016 | 8:29:08 AM
Re: Phishing and Drive By Downloads
Even scarier is that there are downloadable kits that can craft believable phishing emails that carry customizable payloads. Ransomware is certainly method of reaping quick payoffs. It won't be long before news breaks out that not only has data been encrypted, but also stolen, and exposed after the ransom has been paid.
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7/31/2016 | 9:26:08 PM
Re: Phishing and Drive By Downloads
That would be interesting. I also think a major factor as to why it is so widely used is complexity. Even the most non-experienced hacker can craft a decent phishing attempt due to the simplicity. The important part is what did they pack into it? It seems like for the present the one two punch is social engineering into a ransomware campaign.
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7/29/2016 | 3:54:35 PM
Re: Phishing and Drive By Downloads
It is far more effective than any other method an attacker can use, simply because it exploits people - by far, the weakest link in any cybersecurity chain. I would like to see statistical data regarding breaches and attack methods; I'm willing to bet that social engineering far outpaces other methods.
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RyanSepe,
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7/29/2016 | 1:10:09 PM
Phishing and Drive By Downloads
Phishing is an effective mechanism. It can target non-security oriented employees and, potentially through the employees actions (clicking a link or attachment), can circumvent many security safeguards.
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