South Korean intelligence says N. Korean hackers possibly behind Coincheck heist – sources

Reuters Staff SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s intelligence agency told lawmakers North Korean hackers could have been behind the $530 million theft of virtual coins from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange last month, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. The people, who had knowledge of parliament’s intelligence committee proceedings, told Reuters the National…

UN chief: Denuclearization of Korean peninsula is objective

February 3, 2018   UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is encouraged by the improvement of relations between the two Koreas, but the U.N.’s objective is the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The U.N. chief told reporters Friday that he was “especially encouraged” by the re-establishment of a military hotline between…

News Analysis – Concerns persist over whether inter-Korean exchanges violate UN sanctions

South Korean government has continued to insist that all events will accord with international law   A 12-member South Korean preliminary review team led by Lee Joo-tae (fifth from left), the director-general for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation at the Unification Ministry, meets with their North Korean counterparts to review the Masikryong Ski Resort during a…

US Asks S. Korean Banks to Investigate Cryptocurrency Exchange Transactions

Business Korea The U.S. seems to be concerned that virtual currency can be a loophole in financial sanctions on North Korea. Seoul, Korea 29 January 2018 Yoon Yung Sil   The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) asked six South Korean banks and their New York branches to report on the current conditions…

Malware Analysis Report (MAR) – 10135536-B

  2017-12-13 Notification This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. The DHS does not endorse any commercial product or service, referenced in this bulletin or otherwise. This document is marked TLP:WHITE. Disclosure is…

North Korean hackers mining Monero to overcome UN sanctions

January 11, 2018 16:00 Akshay Makadiya Chris Doman, a cybersecurity researcher at AlienVault, U.S.-based security firm, has discovered a malware that mines cryptocurrencies using foreign computers while the earnings deposit to a North Korean university’s wallet in Pyongyang. Malware links to North Korea As North Korea faces tougher United Nation sanctions, it is looking for…

An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks

The focus was on the upcoming Olympic Games, but North Korea agreed to additional military talks. By Hyunmin Michael Kang January 10, 2018 North and South Korea held high-level talks on January 9 and agreed to send North Korean delegations to the PyeongChang Olympic Games, as well as to hold military meetings. The high-level talks…