Global Cyber Espionage Operation Targets Finance, Defense, Energy Sectors
McAfee researchers recently revealed a global hacking operation called Operation Sharpshooter which is currently targeting high-tech government, defense, telecoms and financial organizations around the world.
The new campaign, which has only been active for a matter of weeks, already hit 87 organisations in 24 countries in October and November alone. The researchers said that the attacks bear the hallmark of North Korea’s Lazarus group, with the aim of the operation seemingly being intelligence gathering.
The group started sending on October 25 phishing emails to which masqueraded as recruitment emails to a number of targets. The emails contained a malicious Word doc with the author name — Richard — and contain job descriptions for positions at various companies.