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Cyberattack suspected in North Korean internet outage

Researchers said North Korea’s internet was breached in a second wave of cyberattacks, Reuters reported. British-based cybersecurity researcher Junade Ali told Reuters that all internet traffic to and from North Korea was taken down during the height of the outage. The cyberattack occurred for six hours on Wednesday and came a day after the country launched its fifth missile test this month, according to Reuters. "When someone would try to connect to an IP address in North Korea, the internet

North Korean Internet downed by suspected cyber attacks: Researchers

SEOUL: North Korea's Internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks, possibly caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, researchers said on Wednesday (Jan 26). The latest incident took place for about six hours on Wednesday morning local time, and came a day after North Korea conducted its fifth missile test this month. Junade Ali, a cybersecurity researcher in Britain who monitors a range of different North Korean web and email servers, said that

North Korea recently disappeared from the internet for a little while, and it looks like it has happened again

• For at least the second time this month, all of North Korea's websites appear to have gone down. • Experts have said the outages may be the result of cyberattacks against North Korea, though there are other possible explanations. • North Korea saw intermittent outages around Jan. 14 that crippled all of the country's websites. North Korea seemed to disappear from the web for a period on Tuesday, an NK News reporter first noticed. Insider also found that several North Korean sites appeared to

N.Korean internet downed by suspected cyber attacks -researchers

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks, possibly caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, researchers said on Wednesday. The latest incident took place for about six hours on Wednesday morning local time, and came a day after North Korea conducted its fifth missile test here this month. Junade Ali, a cybersecurity researcher in Britain who monitors a range of different North Korean web and email servers, sa

DDOS attack cuts off North Korea’s internet after fifth missile test

Second major outage this year disrupted internet access and took all websites on DPRK servers offline A second major distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against North Korean servers took the entire country off the internet on Wednesday morning, log files and network records reviewed by NK Pro show. The attack comes one day after the country completed its fifth missile test in less than three weeks. Websites hosted on domains controlled by the DPRK were largely unreachable between 6 a.m

Hybrid cloud storage: Options for rearchitecting enterprise IT

There is huge momentum in moving IT infrastructure to the public cloud. It enables IT departments to avoid the up-front costs of buying hardware and maintaining on-premise enterprise systems. In Forrester’s The future of enterprise data storage report, analysts discussed how and why enterprise data stored in the cloud is increasing. Data from Forrester’s 2020 Analytics business technographics infrastructure survey found that storage and storage-related use cases represent more than one-third of

North Korea kicked off internet by suspected DDOS attack | NK News

North Korea disappeared from the internet for several hours as crucial servers inside the country were unreachable on Friday morning, log files and domain records obtained by NK News show. The patterns of failing connectivity suggest that North Korea’s IT infrastructure may have been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, said cybersecurity researcher Junade Ali. “The intermittent connection issues, coming in waves, alongside the complete router failure, indicate this may be a D

North Korea stole $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021: Report

DPRK hackers increasingly target ethereum over bitcoin, while bouncing funds between wallets to throw off authorities Blockchain researchers say North Korean cybercriminals stole nearly $400 million worth of cryptocurrency last year, notching a 40% increase over 2020’s haul. According to a new report from Chainalysis, a New York-based “blockchain data platform” that specializes in uncovering criminal activity, North Korean hackers launched “at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms th

Why hybrid IT means having a squeezed middle - Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

From a pure sense of logic, cloud computing is the right choice for almost every situation requiring enterprise IT. Hardware can be deployed as and when required, used on-demand and the management of this IT is taken care of by the cloud provider. Taking this to the next level, IT leaders are increasingly putting Platform as a Service and Software as a Service at the heart of their enterprise IT strategy But people seem to be attached to the idea of ownership, where up-front acquisition costs c

IT Priorities 2022: Software development

The TechTarget/Computer Weekly IT Priorities 2022 survey has found that budgets are increasing. Among the largest organisations, there is a growing emphasis on the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). This offers a way for businesses to derive a positive business outcome by developing a value chain through an ecosystem of partners and strategic use of third-party services. The survey of more than 265 IT decision-makers reported that, while the pandemic had delayed or disrupted many

Software reliability has become a bigger issue for developers

Software engineers are growing increasingly more concerned over the reliability of their software, according to Haystack Analytics. The company recently analyzed data published in two separate State of DevOps 2021 reports (published by Google Cloud and Puppet), as well as conducting a survey of more than 250 software engineers in the UK, finding over half (57 percent) would agree, at least to a moderate extent, that software reliability is cause for concern. Another report, published by Google

Team leaders urged to address developer mental health

A review of several recent pieces of research has concluded that IT leaders must ensure the psychological safety of the teams they manage, in order to address developer burnout and software reliability. One study, conducted jointly by Haystack Analytics and Survation, found that 57% of software engineers agreed “to a great extent” or “to a moderate extent” with the phrase “Software reliability at my workplace concerns me”. The report’s author, computer scientist Junade Ali, noted that 81% of d

Software reliability a key problem during 2021

You just can’t get the staff any more The outfit published a review into software development industry performance in 2021 that investigated benchmarks and common trends between multiple industry reports. It found 57 percent of software engineers agreed “to a great extent” or “to a moderate extent” with the phrase "Software reliability at my workplace concerns me”. The review also points to another report produced by Google’s DORA team showing that even amongst engineering teams considered to

Hacked DailyNK website infected broad range of organizations | NK News

The North Korean malware attack against Seoul-based DailyNK has spread across multiple companies that accessed the website over the past few months, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has told NK News. The infections contradict Daily NK’s claim that hackers inserted the malicious code on pages only accessible to its own staff, and raises questions about the organization’s decision to keep its readers in the dark about the security breach. Senior Kaspersky Security Researcher Seongsu Park said the ma

Half a dozen North Korean domains offline after apparent server outage | NK News

At least half a dozen North Korean websites and email servers dropped off the internet last weekend in a sign of growing instability of the country’s IT infrastructure. The server outage on Saturday night disrupted access to the websites of Air Koryo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Naenara web portal, Kim Il Sung University, as well as the email servers for Sili Bank and Star Joint Venture, cybersecurity researcher Junade Ali told NK News. The outage followed a change last month in how b

Hackers infect DailyNK website with malware to spy on readers | NK News

For at least two months, hackers linked to North Korea have been attacking readers of the DailyNK website with custom malware capable of stealing files and passwords, cybersecurity firm Volexity revealed in a report on Tuesday. The attack used two known vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers to install malware dubbed “Bluelight,” according to the researchers. Once launched, the malicious software reportedly takes frequent screenshots, copies files, steals passwor

How to reduce the risk of getting hacked by North Korea | NK News

How to reduce the risk of getting hacked by North Korea Sophisticated lures make it increasingly difficult to avoid a security breach, but experts say some habits still help While North Korea’s hacker army continues to batter major corporations around the world, experts say it’s important to remember that most security breaches attributed to the DPRK start with a single employee — and often a single click. Individuals can significantly lower their risk of getting hacked by paying close attenti

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse

A report on the wellbeing of UK software engineers (developers and DevOps professionals) found 83 per cent suffering from some degree of burnout, with most agreeing that COVID-19 was partly to blame. This survey [PDF] was conducted in June 2021 by pollsters Survation, on behalf of DevOps company Haystack, and although the number of participants was small (just over 250) it was conducted by interviews, rather than online forms which are vulnerable to low-quality responses. The respondents were

Developer burnout isn't going away. Employers need to act now

Big workloads continue to have a huge impact on resource-strapped software teams, with a new survey by Haystack finding that more than 8 in 10 developers suffer from burnout at work. Technology has played a key role in the fight against COVID-19, with IT teams helping businesses to adapt to remote working and digital-first operations. But this rapid adoption of technology has had a massive impact on those tasked with implementing it, with various reports highlighting the mental strain develope
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