North Korea hackers ‘targeted US power companies with phishing emails designed as a charity fundraiser to download malware in preparation for a cyberattack’

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

Cybersecurity experts believe that hackers working for the government of North Korea targeted American power companies with spear phishing emails
Hackers sent emails inviting targets to participate in a fundraiser, according to a report by the internet security firm FireEye
The North has been suspected of carrying out similar cyber attacks on South Korean electric utilities

By ARIEL ZILBER
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 October 2017

Cybersecurity experts in the United States believe that hackers working for the government of North Korea targeted American power companies with spear phishing emails, it was reported on Tuesday.

Hackers sent emails inviting targets to participate in a fundraiser, according to a report by the internet security firm FireEye.

Anyone who downloaded attached invitation would unwittingly invite malware onto his or her computer network, the FireEye report claimed.

A copy of the report was first obtained by NBC News.

While there is no word as to how successful the spear phishing attacks were or which electric companies were targeted, FireEye believes they are a byproduct of the recently heightened diplomatic tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

FireEye said the phishing attack on the electric companies detected was ‘early-stage reconnaissance’ and did not indicate North Korea was about to stage an ‘imminent, disruptive’ cyber attack.

The North has been suspected of carrying out similar cyber attacks on South Korean electric utilities, in addition to other government and financial institutions.

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