Transport and energy groups targeted by North Korean hackers

Transport firm Hanjin Group and energy giant SK were among the 140,000 computers at 160 South Korean firms hacked by North Korea, police in Seoul revealed yesterday. North Korean hackers have stolen around 42,000 documents from South Korean firms in a long-running hacking scheme it has emerged.

Shipbuilders, shipping lines and ports are all being warned to up their cyber security as North Korea intensifies its cyber attacks.

“In addition to the now infamous 2014 Sony hack, some US investigators last month said DPRK hackers could have played a part in the recent theft of $81 million from a Bangladeshi bank,” NK News, a site focusing on North Korea, reported.

Leo Byrne, the Seoul-based data and analytic director at NK News, told Splash: “While definitive attribution in hacking cases is difficult, North Korea has almost certainly increased the capabilities of its cyber army. Cases linked to them appear to be growing both in number and severity.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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