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McAfee Points To North Korea In Recent Turkish Financial Sector Cyberattack

On a statement released by McAfee on March 8, they suspected North Korean hackers to be those responsible for Turkey’s Financial Sector cyberattack.
Despite it not being the exact job of the McAfee Threat Research Team, they identified an attempt by the hacking group Hidden Cobra to crack the security of Turkish government-backed financial institutions which took place consecutively on March 2 and 3. They linked the case to the doing of a hacking operative associated to North Korea due to the similarities of the code of the malware found.
According to reports, the hackers used a modified malware called a “Bankshot” wherein a revealed vulnerability in Adobe Flash is utilized. The attackers had tried to lure their victims with emails containing a contaminated Microsoft Word file titled “Agreement.docx” which appeared to be an agreement template for bitcoin distribution.
Although there had been no reports of stolen money, the team believes that the attack’s goal was to obtain remote access to the internal systems of the target organizations. The team also discovered two documents written in Korean, adding more evidence to the claim.
The accusations against North Korea regarding cases of hacking cryptocurrency exchanges have been on the rise lately so for another case such as this to come up is almost no surprise.

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