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November 23, 2023

North Korea Cyber Scams Infiltrate Global Job Market with Malware Attacks

North Korea Cyber Scams Infiltrate Global Job Market with Malware Attacks

Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 has exposed two sophisticated cyber schemes orchestrated by North Korea state-sponsored actors, targeting the global job market.

These schemes, named Contagious Interview and Wagemole, involve posing as job seekers and employers to spread malware and conduct espionage. This revelation has raised serious concerns about the safety and integrity of online job seeking and recruitment processes.

Contagious Interview, operational since December 2022, involves threat actors posing as employers to trick software engineers into downloading malware-infected packages from GitHub, disguised as interview material.

The malwares BeaverTail and InvisibleFerret, can steal personal and sensitive information including credit card and crypto wallet details.

North Korean Malwares a Threat for Jobseekers

Wagemole helps threat actors impersonate job seekers, using stolen identities and fake documents, including U.S. permanent resident cards.

The scheme includes detailed preparations like coaching for remote interviews and maintaining LinkedIn profiles and GitHub accounts to appear legitimate. This approach targets both financial gains and espionage, with a broader objective of possibly using compromised systems for future attacks.

Unit 42’s findings were primarily based on customer telemetry and further investigations into these schemes. They have moderate to high confidence in linking these activities to North Korean state-sponsored actors.

These findings carry significant implications, especially considering the reported use of funds from such activities. Authorities believe these funds support North Korea weapons programs, as the US Department of Justice, FBI and South Korean government have indicated.

These revelations underscore the evolving nature of cyber threats and the need for heightened vigilance in online professional interactions. The detailed investigation by Unit 42 serves as a critical alert to the international community. It highlights the sophisticated and deceptive methods employed by state-sponsored cyber actors.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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