North Korea is supporting a group of hackers who are using open source software and targeting various organizations in the field of aerospace, media, defense and IT services industries as claimed by Microsoft. Read the entire article to learn more about this news piece.
About the hackers
Zinc, which is the code name given to a threat group by Microsoft, the software which also destroyed Sony Pictures in the year 2014 is now targeting PuTTy and other legal and authentic open source applications which has a strongly encrypted code that can install espionage malware. The trick used by these hackers is that once they target a company, they will pretend to be job recruiters. They will connect to you through LinkedIn and talk to you in a way that will make you believe that they are authentic. Then they will shift the conversation to Whatsapp and will push you to install several apps which infects the documents of the company. “The actors have successfully compromised numerous organizations since June 2022,” members of the Microsoft Security Threat Intelligence and LinkedIn Threat Prevention and Defense teams wrote in a post. “Due to the wide use of the platforms and software that ZINC utilizes in this campaign, ZINC could pose a significant threat to individuals and organizations across multiple sectors and regions.” If you do not know what PuTTy is, it is actually an open source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application.
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