FBI, U.S. Treasury, and CISA Warn of North Korean Hackers Targeting Blockchain Companies

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Treasury Department, warned of a new set of ongoing cyber attacks carried out by the Lazarus Group targeting blockchain companies.

Calling the activity cluster TraderTraitor, the infiltrations involve the North Korean state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actor striking entities operating in the Web3.0 industry since at least 2020.

Targeted organizations include cryptocurrency exchanges, decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, play-to-earn cryptocurrency video games, cryptocurrency trading companies, venture capital funds investing in cryptocurrency, and individual holders of large amounts of cryptocurrency or valuable non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The attack chains commence with the threat actor reaching out to victims via different communication platforms to lure them into downloading weaponized cryptocurrency apps for Windows and macOS, subsequently leveraging the access to propagate the malware across the network and conduct follow-on activities to steal private keys and initiate rogue blockchain transactions.

“Intrusions begin with a large number of spear-phishing messages sent to employees of cryptocurrency companies,” the advisory reads. “The messages often mimic a recruitment effort and offer high-paying jobs to entice the recipients to download malware-laced cryptocurrency applications.”

This is far from the first time the group has deployed custom malware to steal cryptocurrency. Other campaigns mounted by the Lazarus Group consist of Operation AppleJeusSnatchCrypto, and, more recently, making use of trojanized DeFi wallet apps to backdoor Read more:https://bit.ly/3jRGlBG

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