Breaking: North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies by Malicious Emails

Pyongyang is already striking at the US in a different way, while the rest of the world is focused on the nuclear threat from North Korea.

North Korean hackers used fake emails to try to infiltrate U.S. electric companies, according to a report released Tuesday.

According to CNBC, The Cybersecurity firm FireEye detected and stopped the so-called spear-phishing attack — when attackers send emails containing malicious links. When a person clicks the link, it could open the doors for hackers to enter an organization’s network.

NBC News were the first to report that emails using fake invitations to a fundraiser were sent to target victims.Those who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also have downloaded a malware into his or her computer network, according to the FireEye report.

FireEye said that its devices “detected and stopped” the emails, which were sent on Sep 22 this year”. According to a separate report by NBC, the emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, and a victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also be downloading malware to the computer network.

There is no evidence that the hacking attempts were successful, but FireEye assessed that the targeting of electric utilities could be related to increasing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Sources:
NBC News
CNBC News

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