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FireEye researchers Genwei Jiang and Josiah Kimble say attackers from North Korea exploited a zero day vulnerability in a word processor popular with the South Korea's government. The attackers went after the vulnerability (CVE-2015-6585) in the Hangul Word Processor prior to a patch issued last Monday. Accurate attribution …

  1. Anonymous Coward

    Probably related...

    ... to the presence of the South Korean President at China's military parade recently. It's caused interesting ripples around and about. The North very well would want to gather intel on the South's internal docs. Nice to see the process.

  2. Anonymous Blowhard

    "Many outside observers say the North is at an advantage because its internet infrastructure is so small while its target's attack surface is much larger."

    But, as the photograph shows, it does mean that shoulder surfing is a much greater problem in the North...

  3. Marcus Fil


    Use that young 'un picture for the next Reg caption competition.

    1. frank ly

      Re: Please

      "Why don't my binoculars work when I try to identify that tank in the distance?"

      1. MassiveBob

        Re: Please

        Kim Jong Un: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!

        Hans Blix: Mr. Kim, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.

        Kim Jong Un: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?

        Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.

        Kim Jong Un: Or else what?

        Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.

        Kim Jong Un: OK, Hans. I'll show you. Stand to your reft.

        Hans Blix: [Moves to the left]

        Kim Jong Un: A rittle more.

        Hans Blix: [Moves to the left again]

        Kim Jong Un: Good.

        1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

          Re: Stand to your reft.

          Then a jump to your right,

          Its the pelvic frust

          That really drive you insa-a-a--nne!

    2. CaptSmegHead

      Re: Please

      ...and watch the cat fall in the toilet when it tries to drink out of the toilet bowl

  4. Kingston Black


    Should have gone to Specsavers.

  5. TeeCee Gold badge

    "I plug laptop into television and look! Boobies!"

  6. DocJames

    Wait, what?

    "That unit... is fingered for the devastating attack on Sony Pictures. "

    Ignoring the "devastating" part, is this confirmed/thought more plausible than at the time? Or is this just repeating what Sony have decided - who, as the attack demonstrates, don't have a great grasp of the internet, particularly that part dedicated to security (see also: root kits).

  7. XSV1

    Made in (North) Korea

    Interesting to notice that the laptop appears to be a Compaq. So much for all the US embargoes.

    I have no doubt that the rest of their computer hardware, like the monitor, was all made in N Korea. NOT!

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