South Korean intelligence officials have revealed that North Korean hackers have created a deceptive website closely resembling the popular South Korean web portal Naver. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) issued a warning about the fraudulent website named “Naver Portal,” urging the public to avoid accessing it. The NIS also announced a collaboration with international organizations to track the activities of the group responsible for creating this counterfeit portal. The hacking attacks conducted by North Korea against South Koreans are becoming increasingly sophisticated, according to the spy agency.
Naver: South Korea’s Most Widely Used Web Portal and Search Engine
Naver, operated by a renowned tech giant, serves as South Korea’s primary web portal and search engine. It offers various services, including email, news aggregation, and online shopping. As a result of the fraudulent Naver-like web portal created by North Korean hackers, the NIS has not disclosed the number of individuals who may have been deceived or had their personal information compromised.
Caution Advised and Previous Cyberattacks
A representative from Naver has urged users to exercise caution when accessing the platform and pay attention to the domain address to avoid falling victim to the deceptive website. It’s worth noting that North Korean hackers have been previously implicated in cyberattacks that resulted in significant monetary gains. Despite consistent denial from Pyongyang regarding involvement in cybercrime, the United Nations reported a substantial increase in stolen cryptocurrency assets by North Korea in 2022. It is believed that the stolen funds are being funneled into North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, which are subject to international sanctions.
“Social Engineering” Attacks and Deceptive Emails
The NIS revealed that over 70% of hacking attempts originating from North Korea are conducted through deceptive emails, often impersonating communications from popular South Korean web portals like Naver and Daum. The agency describes these tactics as “social engineering” attacks, highlighting the need for users to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of emails and websites.
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