The North Korean cyber-threat group “Kimsuky” has caught the attention of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), having proved itself a significant advanced persistent threat (APT). The agency published an advisory describing the group’s tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), which are inflicted on individuals, as well as organizations, and range from spearphishing and social engineering to evasion and data exfiltration. The tactics are not novel, but some of the tools are, cementing Kimsuky’s place under North Korea’s “HIDDEN COBRA” umbrella, as a threat at least equal to the infamous “Lazarus Group”. Unlike the latter, Kimsuky is focused solely on intelligence gathering, and will likely maintain that focus into the long-term future.
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