South Korea has announced unilateral sanctions against a North Korean hacking group that is allegedly involved in the country’s satellite development.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry on Friday designated the group, Kimsuky, as an entity subject to a ban on financial transactions.
The ministry says Kimsuky is known to send fraudulent emails purportedly from government institutions, think tanks and news outlets, to steal data through malware attachments.
The acquired information is believed to have been provided to the North Korean government.
South Korean officials say Kimsuky and other North Korean hacking groups have acquired advanced technology on weapons, satellite and space technology worldwide. They say the hackers have contributed to Pyongyang’s satellite development.
South Korea’s intelligence service and police agency also released a joint security advisory with the US State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It provides detailed information on how Kimsuky operates, and what can be done to enhance network security.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry says the latest sanctions demonstrate the country’s determination to make North Korea pay for its provocations.
Pyongyang has vowed to go ahead with another launch of what it calls a satellite, after its initial attempt failed on Wednesday.