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Malicious Chrome extension which sloppily spied on academics believed to originate from North Korea


Computer users are being reminded once again to take care over the browser extensions they install after security experts discovered a hacking campaign that has been targeting academic institutions since at least May 2018.

Researchers at Netscout have warned of a state-sponsored attack dubbed “Stolen Pencil” that is though to originate from North Korea.

The state-sponsored attack is relatively unusual for its use a malicious Google Chrome browser extension.

The hackers are said to have sent out emails to their targeted victims, posing as academic institutions, and tricking them into clicking on a link.

In a message posted in September, one Twitter user described how they had received an email claiming to come from Dartmouth College. The email, which used the subject of nuclear deterrence as a lure, encouraged the recipient to visit a web link that contained a benign PDF file.

Upon reaching the webpage, the targeted user would be redirected to the install page of a malicious...(continued)

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