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North Korean hackers that have been known for attacks on other countries government and financial institutions and organization of cryptocurrency scams begin to steal crypto holdings from individual investors, according to the report of South China Morning Post (SCMP).

It is considered that the option to focus on individuals who hold cryptocurrencies is a departure from hackers usual model of penetrating high-value financial institutions and centralized crypto exchanges.

As it was stated, in order to steal victims’ funds, hackers send an email with infected file attachments. Once the victim downloads the files, a malicious script infects the computer and takes total control of the machine.

It is expected that the shift from targeting exchanges and trading platforms to attacking individuals was most likely due to the upgraded security protocols that cryptocurrency exchanges platforms have been able to implement in the past few months.

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