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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

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The fake ad.

This image distributed by cybersecurity company ClearSky shows a fake recruiting announcement that was part of an elaborate hacking campaign.

Credit: ClearSky

Israel claimed Wednesday that it had thwarted a cyberattack by a North Korea-linked hacking group on its classified defense industry.

The Defense Ministry said the attack was deflected "in real time" and that there was no "harm or disruption" to its computer systems.

However, security researchers at ClearSky, the international cybersecurity firm that first exposed the attack, said the North Korean hackers penetrated the computer systems and were likely to have stolen a large amount of classified data. Israeli officials fear the data could be shared with North Korea's ally, Iran.

The episode adds Israel to the list of countries and companies that have been targeted by North Korea's hacking unit, known to private security analysts as the Lazarus Group. American and Israeli officials have said the Lazarus Group, also known as Hidden Cobra, is backed by Pyongyang.


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