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How the Lazarus group is leveraging GitHub for targeted attacks

Cyber security: Lazarus group aims to compromise developers on GitHub

The North Korean hacker group, Lazarus, is targeting developers on GitHub with malicious projects. Hackers use GitHub and social networks to pitch legitimate-looking software development projects that contain malicious code. Developers need to source the projects they use, use antivirus software, and stay up-to-date on security threats. GitHub is working on improving its internal security.

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GitHub recently issued an alert, pointing out that cybercriminals from the Lazarus group target specific developers through malicious projects. Lazarus, also known as APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) 38, belongs to North Korea. This group of hackers is known for its sophisticated and politically motivated attacks, with an emphasis on financial gain.

Lazarus' method of attack

Lazarus' approach is particularly insidious. Hackers use GitHub and various social networks to get in touch with developers, offering seemingly legitimate software development projects. However, these projects contain malicious code that provides Lazarus safe passage into the systems of unsuspecting developers. Hackers aim to compromise developers' machines.

Protect your machine from Lazarus

Being aware of the presence of Lazarus on GitHub is the first step towards protecting yourself from their attacks. However, additional security measures are needed. Developers are encouraged to thoroughly audit the projects they decide to use, verifying the origin and trustworthiness of the contributors. Robust antivirus and firewall software, with regular updates, is also recommended to ensure robust protection against potential threats.

GitHub response and considerations

In an effort to mitigate these attacks, GitHub continues to improve its internal security systems and build bridges with various security entities to offer immediate solutions to threats. However, as the threat landscape continues to evolve, it's important that developers adopt an approach to security that is both proactive and adaptive. The expansion of Lazarus attacks emphasizes the importance of proper security awareness. Developers must ensure that the projects they choose to support are of verifiable origin, as well as ongoing maintenance and improvement of their security measures.

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07/21/2023 00:39

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