North Korea: Coronavirus Spying & Executions

North Korean hackers are the prime suspects of cyberattacks against vaccine developer AstraZeneca in recent weeks, Reuters reported on Friday.

North Korea: Coronavirus Spying & Executions

North Korean hackers are the prime suspects of cyberattacks against vaccine developer AstraZeneca in recent weeks, Reuters reported on Friday.

Posing as recruiters on LinkedIn and WhatsApp, the hackers had sent documents purporting to be job descriptions. The documents contained malicious code designed to provide the hackers with access to the victim’s computers.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, a member of the intelligence committee and lawmaker Ha Tae-keung, told reporters that they had also foiled an attempt by North Koreans to hack into a South Korean drugmaker working on a coronavirus vaccine.

In another report, South Korean intelligence officials reported on Friday that North Korea had executed an official who violated coronavirus restrictions back in August.

In the closed-door briefing, the officials told lawmakers that the official was executed for having brought prohibited goods into North Korea amid heightened border customs.

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