DHS and FBI issue alert about North Korean ‘Hidden Cobra’ hackers


Watch out for attacks by Hidden Cobra, aka North Korean government hackers, the DHS and the FBI warned in a joint technical alert. The US government didn’t tiptoe around the issue, instead pointing the finger of blame at North Korea for a series of cyberattacks dating back to 2009.

Who the heck is Hidden Cobra? You probably already know about these cyber actors who are usually referred to as the Lazarus Group. Back in 2014 when the hackers targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment, the group was publicly referring to itself as Guardians of the Peace.

In the alert published by US-CERT yesterday, Homeland Security and the FBI released technical details about the tools which “cyber actors of the North Korean government” have used “to target the media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and globally.”

The Hidden Cobra group has been busy targeting victims for the last eight years. Malicious tools in their arsenal include DDoS botnets, keyloggers, RATs (remote access tools) and wiper malware.

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