North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges - South Korean newspaper

A coin representing the bitcoin cryptocurrency is seen on computer circuit boards in this illustration picture, in this October 26, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 December 2017
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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges - South Korean newspaper

SEOUL: South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
The cyberattacks attributed to North Korean hackers also included the leaking of personal information from 36,000 accounts from the world’s busiest cryptocurrency exchange Bitthumb in June, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported, citing the country’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Attacks also included the theft of cryptocurrencies from accounts at exchanges Yapizon, now called Youbit, and Coinis in April and September, it said.
The 7.6 billion won of stolen cryptocurrencies are now worth about 90 billion won ($82.7 million), Chosun Ilbo reported. It also cited the NIS as saying North Korean hackers had also demanded 6 billion won ($5.5 million) from Bitthumb in return for deleting the leaked personal information.
Another cyberattack on about 10 cryptocurrency exchanges by North Korean hackers in October, using emails containing malware, was thwarted by the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA), the newspaper reported.
The NIS found that the malware used in hacking the exchanges was made with the same method as malware used in hacking Sony Pictures and the central bank of Bangladesh in 2014 and 2016 respectively, the Chosun Ilbo reported.
The NIS also said emails used in the attacks used North Korean Internet addresses, according to the Chosun Ilbo.
The NIS declined to comment. Representatives for KISA, Bitthumb, Youbit and Coinis could not be reached for comment.


Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

Updated 34 min 1 sec ago
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Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

  • Cows are considered sacred in the Hindu-majority country, where attacks on minority groups, especially Muslims, have been on the rise
  • The mob intercepted two men carrying two cows around midnight in a forested and began punching and beating them with sticks

NEW DELHI: Police say a Muslim man has been beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows despite calls by the country’s highest court for immediate steps to stop such deadly violence.
Police say the mob intercepted two men carrying two cows around midnight in a forested area in Alwar district of Rajasthan state and began punching and beating them with sticks.
One managed to escape while the other was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Cows are considered sacred in the Hindu-majority country, where attacks on minority groups, especially Muslims, have been on the rise since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept national elections in 2014.