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Feds Alert to New North Korean Malware Threats, Mitigation Tactics

Jessica Davis

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert regarding three newly identified malware variants being used by the North Korean government, referred to as HIDDEN COBRA.

HIDDEN COBRA has long targeted US industries and is allegedly behind some of the largest hacking incidents, including the global WannaCry cyberattack in 2017. And throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nation-state hackings groups have continued to target healthcare providers with Coronavirus-related campaigns.

Data from Carbon Black found 45 percent of the healthcare sector’s chief information security officers experienced a cyberattack focused on data destruction in 2018, explaining “these attacks are often carried out by punitive and malicious nation-states, including Russia, China and North Korea.”

The latest CISA alert focuses on three new threats tied to North Korea...

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