A study by cybersecurity provider Cyfirma warned of a large-scale phishing campaign launched by North Korean pirate group Lazarus on June 21. It is estimated that this campaign will target six countries and more than 5 million companies and individuals.
According to a report released June 18, Lazarus, Singapore, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, South Korea and the United States will be subjected to a lot of phishing campaigns. According to reports, pirates should try to take advantage of people receiving payments identified by several countries in an effort to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis.
What about the cryptocurrency fundraising campaign?
Lazarus seems to be imitating government accounts with fake emails. They ask recipients to visit fraudulent websites that ask for money and store their personal data. In the past, North Korean hackers preferred to pay for cryptocurrency.
There are no further details on the specific methods that the Lazarus Group will use to raise money from the victims.
A spokesman for Cyfirma told Cointelegraph:
On June 1, the platform selected an early indicator from the Korean-speaking community that discussed the Health-Problem-2020 folder, and that’s when we discovered the entire campaign targeting the US, UK, Japan and South Korea. , India and Singapore. This global system works well on all fronts and uses social engineering to attract individuals and companies to reveal personal and financial information. Residents and business owners urgently need these packages of state financial aid, and their chances of becoming a victim of this phishing attack are very high.
Governments already recognize the threat
Cybersecurity states that they have not yet seen the URLs of phishing sites found in email templates collected during the search, but expect this information to be discovered soon. They also mentioned that the governments of the target countries were warned about the upcoming Lazarus campaign.
Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly urged Lazarus to steal cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoins (BTC) using phishing scams. Sources indicate that the country has stepped up its efforts to prevent an economic collapse during the COVID-19 crisis.