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South Korea – Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)

Exploit: Nation-State Cybercrime

 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI): Government Agency

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Risk to Business: 1.633 = Severe

South Korean officials have admitted that the government nuclear think tank Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) was hacked by nation-state threat actors in May 2021 after the incident was brought to light by reporters. The Korean media is accusing the agency of perpetrating a cover-up. According to experts, the North Korean Kimusky cybercrime gang is to blame. This group often uses phishing to mimic websites like Gmail, Outlook, Telegram and more. The group then installs Android and Windows backdoor “AppleSeed” to collect information and frequently makes use of ransomware. The extent of the data theft is unknown.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information has been confirmed as compromised in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Nation-state threat actors frequently use phishing and ransomware to get the job done, and no matter how big or small, no organization is safe.

Source: The Register