Drive-by Attack Site Illustrated
An article review.
North Korea Uses Popular Attack Vector
One would think that you’d be safe from malicious content when visiting an official government website, but the government of North Korea is apparently not above serving up some malware with their official content.
It’s true. The website for the Korean Central News Agency, “North Korea’s official news service,” is actively delivering malware. This appears to be an example of the “watering hole attack vector” or a drive-by attack site. This is where websites likely to be visited by a targeted group are hacked or, as in this case, blatantly setup to serve malware. The North Korean Government looks to be attacking those who want to see what they’re doing.
For those of us in the non-communist world, one of the last ways to bypass strong defenses is to utilize drive-by attack sites. This article about the situation in North Korea helps illustrate this point.
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