US warns of bank heists by N. Korean hackers

No practical advice of what to look out for. I guess I’ll just have to ask anyone if they are from Pyongyang before letting them in…:

[…] US law enforcement titled the campaign “Fast Cash” and blamed North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a spy agency, for it. It described the operation as going on since at least 2016, but ramping up in sophistication and volume recently.

Over the past several years, North Korea has been blamed by US authorities and private cyber-security companies for hacking numerous banks in Asia, South America and Africa.

“North Korean cyber actors have demonstrated an imaginative knack for adjusting their tactics to exploit the financial sector, as well as any other sector through illicit cyber operations,” Mr Bryan Ware, a senior cyber-security official at the US Homeland Security Department, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Cyber-security experts and foreign policy analysts have said these types of hacking operations are conducted to help fund the North Korean government, which is cash-strapped due to expansive sanctions continuously placed on it by the US and other Western countries.

“The continued attacks are proof of the reliance the regime has on these funds, along with being a testament to their technical ability and determination,” US cyber-security firm Symantec technical director Vikram Thakur said.

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