Microsoft report: North Korea hacked Finnish defence industries

Microsoft report: North Korea hacked Finnish defence industries
# 15 September 2023 12:49 (UTC +04:00)

A new report by Microsoft Threat Intelligence claims that Finnish defence industry computer systems were hacked this year by North Korean operatives, APA reports citing Yle.

Microsoft's report, entitled Sophistication, scope, and scale: Digital threats from East Asia increase in breadth and effectiveness, states that North Korean cyber agents pursue operations with several aims, including the aquisition of intelligence on other countries’ military capabilities to improve their own.

North Korea's cyber intelligence is believed to be focused especially on maritime technology, such as unmanned underwater drones.

Three North Korean cyber intelligence units were found to have targeted maritime and shipbuilding industries between November 2022 and January 2023. Since January 2023, one of North Korea's cyber intelligence units has also targeted defence companies in Brazil, Czechia, Italy, Norway, Poland, and Finland.

The report does not name the companies targeted.

Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV was however told by the defence and security company Patria, that it has not been the target of a data security attack.

Supo and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom estimated in April that the number of targeted cyber attacks has increased.

Despite the increased threat level, both Traficom and Supo considered it unlikely that Finland would be hit with a cyber attack that would paralyze society.

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