Durian malware continues to buffet South Korean crypto exchanges

North Korean hackers continue to launch cyber attacks against South Korean business, and crypto exchanges in particular

In a recent report by Kaspersky, a cybersecurity firm, the firm analyzed increasing cyber-attacks against South Korean infrastructure, which have led to an increase in the cases of the Durian malware spotted across crypto exchanges in the country.

“Durian” is part of a new malware generation that has been used to specifically target critical infrastructure in the south, as North Korean hackers have been working hard to procure the currency to prop up an ailing autocratic regime that has benefited from the relative anonymity of crypto.

“Our latest APT trends for Q1, 2024 if now live and include a look at some of the more interesting APT activities revealed during Q1, including Careto APT reappearance, hacktivist activity, and much more,” Kaspersky said in a post on its social media page in X.

The attacks have been perpetuated by two collectives, Kimsuky and Lazarus, both of which have been notorious not just in South Korea, but also around the world. Crypto sleuths, among which is ZachXBT, have already proved that the Lazarus Group has been able to launder $200 million in cryptocurrency, all of which had been obtained in similar attacks across 2020 and 2023.

A total of $3 billion worth of cryptocurrency has so far been stolen by the Lazarus Group. Part of these thefts have been facilitated with the Durian malware software, which is universal in the way it behaves. Rather than infecting the system itself, it makes backdoors for other malware that are installed as a result, including Chrome Remote Desktop.

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