It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting ‘nuclear, defense, energy, financial’ biz

Shaun Nichols reports:

Hackers are targetting critical infrastructure providers, including nuclear power and defense agencies, in what may be a state-sponsored attack that’s hiding behind North Korean code.

Discovered by McAfee and dubbed “Sharpshooter”, the operation has been running since November, largely focusing on US-based or English-speaking companies and agencies around the world with an emphasis on nuclear, defense, energy, and financial businesses.

It appears that, for now, the hacking operation is focused mostly on reconnaissance and harvesting sensitive information from the infected machines. McAfee did not note any behavior related to damaging or sabotaging infrastructure.

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