South Korea has registered a significantly higher number of cyber attacks since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The northern neighbor could be behind it.
According to South Korean politicians, North Korea has tried to illegally obtain information about the coronavirus vaccine from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer. To this end, attackers tried to break into the computer systems of South Korean pharmaceutical manufacturers, as reported by the South Korean news agency Yonhap. She cites MPs who had been briefed by the South Korean secret service NIS in a closed session.
The average daily number of cyber attacks in South Korea rose by 32 percent to 1.58 million cases compared to the previous year, reports Yonhap . Most of them were unsuccessful.
Very little is known about the situation in North Korea during the coronavirus pandemic; the country is currently even more isolated than it is already. The US North Korea expert Harry Kazianis , citing information from the Japanese secret service, assumes that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was vaccinated with a vaccine from China in the fall of last year.
The South Korean government has signed agreements with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Novavax to deliver additional coronavirus vaccine doses to 23 million people. This means that up to 79 million people in South Korea could now be vaccinated; the country currently has about 52 million inhabitants.
According to Reuters, North Korean computer experts are said to have already tried to get data from vaccine developer Astra Zeneca. You are said to have posed as a recruiter on LinkedIn and turned to Astra-Zeneca employees with fake job offers. Then they allegedly sent out alleged job descriptions associated with malware in order to gain access to a victim’s computer.