back to article North Korea building cash reserves using ransomware, video games

A brand-new cybercrime group that Microsoft ties to North Korea is tricking targets using fake job opportunities to launch malware and ransomware, all for financial gain. Microsoft tracks this group as "Moonstone Sleet" and says it has been active since at least August 2023 – the earliest date its activity was spotted – and …

  1. Dinanziame Silver badge

    I'm fairly impressed by the practicality of the North Korean government deciding to make money by modern-day privateering on the digital high seas. Considering they are practically unreachable, protected as they are by China and holding a gun to South Korea's head, there is virtually no downside to doing this.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've known for years

    I had to change password a couple of years ago and I was convinced then that it was an NK operation.

    I think they are working on a lot of angles. About six years ago I saw a job posting in a nearby community at a recycling depot. To qualify you had to speak Korean. Not appropriate, not legal, and if it were my job to obtain personal information this would be a very clever plan.

    I don't permit any personal information to go in our recycling. I would never apply for this but I kind of like to imagine getting inside to investigate.

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