North Korean hackers use a sophisticated version of social engineering to dupe cybersecurity researchers and CISA warns against letting your cyber heart get broken this Valentine’s Day.
- Dan Schuyler, VLCM
- Paul Whittier, Adlumin
North Korea targeted cybersecurity researchers using a blend of hacking and espionage Sophisticated fake social media personas created by North Korean hackers offered to collaborate with cybersecurity researchers. Several US researchers fell for it. Read in The Conversation US
This Valentine’s Day, before you go looking for love in all the wrong chat rooms, CISA reminds users to be wary of internet romance scams. At first, cyber criminals promise the reward of romance after adopting an alias to appear as a potential partner. Once your heart is hooked on hope, they turn the tables. The scammer with the illusive identity will ask for money, making promises of phony matrimony, as they finagle funds from you as a fake fiancée.
If you don’t know who you are doting on when you are dating, be cautious with your cash and keep it.
For more information, review CISA’s Tip on Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites. If you believe you have been a victim of a romance scam, file a report with:
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