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FBI And Homeland Security Issue Alert Over North Korean DDoS Threat
by Lee Mathews
It's not often that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security call out a nation behind a team of state-sponsored hackers for their activities. When there's a looming threat of further attacks by such a group, however, the public deserves a candid warning.
You may have heard about the Lazarus Group before. Its name has been in the news several times in recent years, most notably in 2014 when it's believed the Group orchestrated a year-long hack of Sony Pictures. While the Group most frequently hacks South Korean targets, it now appears that Lazarus has been launching attacks around the globe since as far back as 2009.
In a US-CERT alert issued this week, the FBI and DHS detailed the existence of malware dubbed DeltaCharlie. Its purpose: to manage a massive botnet which is capable of launching crippling DDoS attacks. According to the alert, the Lazarus Group has been using DeltaCharlie to target "media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and globally."