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>> The North Korean hackers, it appears cash is king. A new report suggesting state-sponsored cyber sleuths are more interested in stealing money these days than state's secrets. The claims among findings by South Korea's Financial Security Institute. Its experts noticing a seismic shift in Pyongyang's hacking attacks, where banks in Seoul and abroad have become the main targets.
As Reuters' Christine Kim reports, heavy international sanctions could be the reason for the new trend.>> It is basically getting more difficult for North Korea to raise money with the sanctions in place. North Korea is making more and more efforts into hacking computers, websites, email accounts and what have you to steal cash.
>> I the past, North Korea has been more of a digital nuisance. It's suspected home-grown hacking group Lazarus, behind the 2014 attack on Sony's Hollywood Studios, it has also hit Seoul's government websites. But its digital fingerprints are also all over the $81 billion cyberheist of the Bangladesh Central Bank.
The report has even picked up evidence of a Lazarus spinoff called Andariel.>> The report has said hackers can hack ATMs to collect numbers on cards, credit cards, cash cards to sell them for money. The report also says North Korean hackers have also hacked into online poker games website for money.
>> North Korea routinely denies it's involved in cyber welfare. But the report warns an increasingly impoverished Kim regime will keep trying to rob from the rich to give to itself.