S. Korea blames the North for nuclear power plant cyberattack

 S. Korea blames the North for nuclear power plant cyberattack

South Korea has publicly blamed North Korea for a recent cyberattack at a nuclear power plant operator.
 
Investigators said in The Wall Street Journal that a December attempt to steal employees’ personal information and blueprints of nuclear power plants from Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. were traced back to Internet addresses registered by North Korea. No critical data was disclosed. South Korea-owned KHNP operates the country’s 23 nuclear reactors.

A series of so-called spear fishing emails designed to steal passwords and gain access to internal information were largely unsuccessful, the article said. The virus used in the attack, named “kimsuky,” was identified by investigators as created in North Korea. Tweets infected with the virus were then reportedly posted through servers in Shenyang, China, and Vladivostok, Russia.
 
South Korea’s statement on Tuesday was the first time the country publicly said North Korea made the attacks, according to the article.
 
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