VB2018 preview: Since the hacking of Sony Pictures

Posted by   Martijn Grooten on   Sep 7, 2018

Yesterday, the US Justice Department brought charges against an alleged hacker for the North Korean government. The man, Park Jin Hyok, is accused of being connected with the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, as well as the 2017 WannaCry worm and various hacks of banks through the SWIFT system.

Though charges against individuals linked to state-sponsored cyber attacks aren't new, this is the first time a North Korean individual has been charged by the US government in connection to such attacks. Park is believed to be a member of the Lazarus Group, generally assumed to be behind the mentioned attacks.

Unsurprisingly, given the political situation on the Korean peninsula, the Lazarus Group has also been active in South Korea. At VB2018 next month, Minseok (Jacky) Cha, a researcher from South Korean security firm AhnLab, will present a paper which focuses on this activity.

He found evidence of activity linked to the Lazarus Group going back as early as April 2011, as well as various operations by this group in the seven years since, with targets including government institutions, defence contractors and media companies. Minseok provides an overview of these operations and looks at similarities in the malware used.

Cha_Sony_SouthKorea_code.pngCode similarities between malware used in South Korea and in the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.

Minseok's paper isn't the only one focusing on the Lazarus Group. ESET researchers Peter Kalnai and Michal Poslusny will present a paper in which they also look at the code and toolset used by the group and conclude that in fact, the Lazarus Group consists of a number of independent, code-sharing cells.

VB2018 takes place in Montreal, QC, Canada 3-5 October 2018. The programme includes more than 50 talks by security researchers from around the globe, as well as a dedicated Threat Intelligence Summit. Register now to guarantee your place!

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
googleplus.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

VB2018 preview: commercial spyware and its use by governments

Today, we preview three VB2018 presentations that look at threats against civil society in general and the use of commercial spyware by governments for this purpose in particular.

VB2018 preview: Wipers in the wild

Today we preview the VB2018 paper by Saher Naumaan (BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) on the use of wipers in APT attacks.

VB2018 preview: IoT botnets

The VB2018 programme is packed with a wide range of security topics featuring speakers from all around the world. Today we preview two of them: one by Qihoo 360 researchers on tracking variants of Mirai and one by researchers from Bitdefender on the…

VB2018: last-minute talks announced

We are excited to announce the final additions to the VB2018 programme in the form of 10 'last-minute' papers covering up-to-the-minute research and hot topics and two more invited talks.

VB2018 preview: Since the hacking of Sony Pictures

At VB2018, AhnLab researcher Minseok Cha will look at activities of the Lazarus Group on the Korean peninsula going back as early as April 2011.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.