North Korean hackers are attempting to raise money for the regime by stealing from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges

Towards the end of last year, a series of seemingly innocuous LinkedIn messages were sent to employees of aerospace and military companies in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

“We welcome elites like you. I want you to work for our company” said one message which appeared to have been sent by a recruiter working for a rival business .

Curious engineers who replied to the job offers were sent further messages urging them to download files to find out more about the opportunities.

“As you are a reliable elite, I will recommend you to our very important department,” the recruiter promised before encouraging them to open the file they had sent.

The file contained a list of available jobs and the salaries for each role. While recipients read through the list of highly paid positions, their computers were silently taken over by hackers who implanted software that allowed them to peer through all of their files and emails. The lucrative jobs weren’t real, and neither were the recruiters.

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