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Ministry data claim

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North Korea has staged thousands of cyber-attacks against the South in recent years, causing financial losses of around $805 million, a Seoul lawmaker said Tuesday citing government data.
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'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld

'Icefog' spying operation targeted Japan, South Korea | PCWorld | Information wars | Scoop.it
A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.
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luiy's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:44 PM

A hacking group that targeted Japan's parliament in 2011 is believed to have conducted nimble data thefts against organizations mainly in South Korea and Japan, including defense contractors, over the past two years.

The "Icefog" hackers probed victims one by one, carefully copying select files and then exiting the systems, according to security vendor Kaspersky Lab, which released a 68-page report on the group Wednesday.

 

"The nature of the attacks was also very focused," Kaspersky wrote. "In many cases, the attackers already knew what they were looking for."

Over the past several years, security analysts have noticed an uptick in so-called:

 

"advanced persistent threat" (APT) attacks,

 

... where interlopers plant stealthy malware on networks for cyber spying.

"In the future, we predict the number of small, focused APT-to-hire groups to grow, specializing in hit-and-run operations, a kind of 'cyber mercenaries' of the modern world," the report said.