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The United Nations have recently accused South Korean hackers and the government of being responsible for carrying out 35 cyberattacks. According to the UN, 17 countries were affected by the attacks, which were allegedly orchestrated in order to fund the development of mass destruction weapons.
Now, a new report has been published and they claim that the country is using coordinated attacks in order to get around $2 billion USD. Most of the attacks were made against South Korea, which was attacked 10 times. Bithumb, a prominent crypto exchange from the nation, was attacked by North Korean hackers four times, according to the reports.
India was attacked three times and Bangladesh and Chile were both attacked twice. All the other countries were attacked just one. They include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Liberia, Malta, Poland, Vietnam, Tunisia, South Africa, Slovenia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Kuwait and Gambia.
Low Risk, Big Profits
According to the reports, the North Korean hackers are using a very sophisticated strategy. Their attacks are mostly targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and the SWIFT network. They use sophisticated technology, so they are hard to caught and can yield very high profits. After the attacks, the evidence is often destroyed in order to clean the way after the crimes.
Unfortunately, it is hard to prove whether the government is involved or not. North Korea is a very closed country, so not much outside information goes out and it is hard to check some facts. The UN representatives believe that the attacks are being carried out by the military of the country, though, not an independent group of hackers.