WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime claims it has thwarted a hacking attack by a North Korean-linked group against its military systems, a claim challenged by a cybersecurity firm, which says the hackers penetrated the targeted systems and likely stole a large amount of classified data.
The regime’s war ministry said in a statement that the hackers, posing as potential employers, had asked to send their targets a list of job requirements.
The file contained invisible spyware that infiltrated the employee’s personal computer and attempted to penetrate into classified Zionist networks and gather sensitive information.
The group, known as Lazarus, built phony profiles on the LinkedIn network to disguise its hackers and separately attempted to hack Israeli military firms via their websites, the ministry said.
The regime claimed the attack was thwarted "in real time” and that there was no "harm or disruption” to its computer systems.
Security researchers at ClearSky, the international cybersecurity firm, which 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.
ClearSky said the attacks, which started early this year, "succeeded, in our assessment, to infect several dozen companies and organizations in Israel” and around the globe.
"North Korea’s Lazarus is once again proving high capability and originality in its social engineering and hacking methods,” said Boaz Dolev, the chief executive and owner of ClearSky.
American and Zionist regime officials have said the Lazarus Group, also known as Hidden Cobra, is backed by Pyongyang. Pyongyang has neither confirmed nor denied the report.