>> For North Korean hackers it appears cash is king. A new report suggesting that state sponsored cyber sleuths are more interested in stealing money these days than state secrets. The claim's part of a new report released by South Korea's Financial Security Institute. It's experts noticing a size mix shift in Pyongyang's hacking attacks, where banks in South Korea and abroad have become the main targets.
A way of lining the regimes pockets under a shock hold of harsh international sanctions which the US Senate almost unanimously voted to bolster on Thursday. In 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.
And has also hit Seoul's government websites. But its digital fingerprints are also all over the $81 billion cyber heist of the Bangladesh Central Bank. The report has even picked up evidence of a Lazarus spin-off called. Caught trying to hack South Korean ATMs in an attempt to steal bank card information.
It's even tried its hand at online poker. Using malware to crack gambling sites, grab cash and run. North Korea routinely denies it's involved in cyber warfare. But the report warns an increasingly impoverished Kim regime will keep trying to rob from the rich to give to itself.