According to a report from South Korean cyber security experts, a series of major cyber-attacks that have occurred between 2014 and the present may have possible involvements of North Korea’s state-sponsored hackers. The hackers have tried to infiltrate online poker and other gambling websites to steal money.
It is still unknown how much has the North Korean government netted from these attacks, but it serves as a warning to poker companies and the player with vast deposits in their online accounts.
As per the reports published on Thursday by South Korea’s Financial Security Institute (FSI), a group of hackers shifted its focus from previously targeted South Korean businesses and government agencies to the stealing of bank cards for cash and selling identities on the black market. They also installed malware in a bid to gain hard currency on online poker and gambling sites. All the cyber attack attempts by North Korea are assumed to help the funding of nuclear weapons research.
The government officials in Pyongyang have organised many such attacks including 2014 Sony’s Hollywood studio, the global WannaCry ransomware attack in May all linked to hacking groups such as Lazarus and Andariel. It is further believed that the Andariel hackers have cracked into online poker and gambling websites.
Poker players are warned that their computers might see their computers infected and their accounts being held for online ransom.
North Korea has denied having carried out any such cyber attacks.