SEOUL: South Korea on Friday imposed unilateral sanctions on a North Korean hacking group known as Kimsuky, Seoul’s foreign ministry said, in response to Pyongyang’s botched rocket launch aimed at putting a military spy satellite into space.
Seoul also issued a joint security advisory with Washington to warn the international community on the illegal activities of the group accused of having engaged in information and technology theft, reported Yonhap news agency.
According to the ministry, Kimsuky, a unit within the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the North’s military intelligence agency, is accused of collecting intelligence from individuals and institutions in the fields of diplomacy, security and national defence, and delivering it to the North Korean regime.
The group is also known to have engaged in acquiring cutting-edge technologies related to weapons development, satellites and space technology worldwide, as well as having been directly or indirectly contributing to North Korea’s satellite development project.
Seoul’s announcement marks the world’s first unilateral sanctions against the North Korean hacking group. It also represents the eighth unilateral sanctions measure against the North since the launch of the Yoon Suk Yeol administration in May last year.
The joint Seoul-Washington advisory on Kimsuky provides detailed information about the hacking techniques employed by the group and recommends taking precautions against suspicious activities to prevent potential damage.
The advisory was issued together by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Korean National Police Agency (KPNA) and the foreign ministry, along with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state department and the National Security Agency. - Bernama