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Notorious in North Korea Lazarus hacking group is back in action, targeting Apple mac users with fake job emails containing malicious files.



Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET posted a screenshot on Twitter showing fake job openings from leading crypto exchange Coinbase by Lazarus, famous for spreading the WannaCry ransomware worldwide in 2017.

The fake job listing was for an engineering manager, product security, at Coinbase.

“A signed Mac executable disguised as a feature description for Coinbase was uploaded to VirusTotal from Brazil. This is a copy of Operation by Lazarus for Mac,” the ESET researchers wrote in a tweet.

The fake job emails have an attachment containing malicious files that both Intel and Apple chip-powered Mac computers.

“Malware is compiled for both Intel and Apple Silicon. It drops three files: a decoy PDF document, a bundle and a downloader,” researchers warned.

The Mac malware campaign is new and not part of previous Lazarus campaigns.

This time “the bundle was signed on July 21 (by timestamp) using a certificate issued in February 2022 to a developer named Shankey Nohria. The application was not notarized and Apple withdrew the certificate on August 12,” the researchers note.

Last month, cybersecurity researchers linked Lazarus to stealing $100 million worth of digital tokens from Harmony, the crypto startup behind Horizon Blockchain Bridge.

The Lazarus Group has committed several major cryptocurrency thefts totaling more than $2 billion, and has recently turned its attention to Decentralized Finance (DeFi) services such as cross-chain bridges, according to London-based blockchain analytics provider Elliptic.

The same group is believed to be behind the $540 million hack Ronin Bridge.

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