5 Arrested in South Korea For Injecting Crypto Mining Malware in 6,000 PCs

Five men in South Korea were arrested on Thursday for illicitly injecting crypto mining malware into more than 6,000 computers.

Five men in South Korea were arrested on Thursday for illicitly injecting crypto mining malware into more than 6,000 computers.

Local police and the Korean National Police Agency Cyber Bureau said in an official statement that a group of five hackers led by a 24-year-old Kim Amu-gae released 32,435 emails containing cryptocurrency mining malware targeting desktop users in South Korea.

In a period of two months from October to December in 2017, the group of hackers sent messages containing malware to tens of thousands of job applicants, posing as employers.

Why People Had to Fall For it

According to the report of the Korean National Police Agency Cyber Bureau, the hackers obtained the email addresses of job applicants in large-scale conglomerates in the local technology sector.

On recruitment platforms and various job forums, the hackers gained more than 30,000 email addresses of individuals seeking for jobs and sent individual emails to all applicants impersonating recruitment agents and potential employers.

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