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

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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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