South Korea has imposed unilateral sanctions on a North Korean hacking group known as Kimsuky after the North’s failed satellite launch earlier this week.
The foreign ministry on Friday announced the sanction against the hacking group, which is known to have engaged in the acquisition of cutting-edge technologies for satellites and space technology worldwide, contributing to North Korea's satellite development project.
The latest sanctions are the eighth to be unilaterally imposed against the North since the launch of the Yoon Suk Yeol administration, coming two days after the regime’s failed launch of what it claims was a space launch vehicle to put its first military spy satellite into space orbit.
Meanwhile, the government also issued a joint security advisory with the United States to warn the international community about the illegal activities of the hacking group.
According to the ministry, Kimsuky, a unit under the North’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, is accused of collecting intelligence from individuals and institutions in the fields of diplomacy, security and national defense, and delivering it to the North Korean regime.
The ministry said that most of Kimsuky's attacks are carried out through spear phishing, urging users to learn how to identify malicious emails themselves and to follow precautions when receiving suspicious messages.