Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks,
Fraud Management & Cybercrime,
Geo Focus: Asia

Andariel Group Rented Server to Steal 1.2TB of Data, Extort $357,000 in Ransoms

A Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency police station (Image Shutterstock)

Seoul police have accused the North Korean hacker group Andariel of stealing sensitive defense secrets from South Korean defense companies and laundering ransomware proceeds back to North Korea. The hackers stole 1.2TB of data, including information on advanced anti-aircraft weapons.

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The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said the North Korean hacker group had used servers rented from a domestic server rental company as a base of operations to hack dozens of South Korean firms, including defense companies. The campaign also extorted ransoms from other private sector entities.

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