Twitter has shuttered two accounts – @lagal1990 and @shiftrows13 – specifically used to trick security researchers into downloading malware in a long-running cyber-espionage campaign attributed to North Korea. The campaign was first discovered by the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) in January and is ongoing. On Friday, Google TAG analyst Adam Weidermann confirmed that Twitter suspended the accounts as part of the operation. This is the second time that Twitter has taken action against accounts linked to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), having suspended another account connected to the espionage campaign in August. “We (TAG) confirmed these are directly related to the cluster of accounts we blogged about earlier this year,” Weidermann said. “In the case of @lagal1990, they renamed a GitHub account previously owned by another of their Twitter profiles that was shutdown in Aug, @mavillon1.” We (TAG) confirmed these are directly related to the cluster of accounts we blogged about earlier this year. In the case of lagal1990, they renamed a github account previously owned by another of their twitter profiles that was shutdown in Aug, mavillon1 pic.twitter.com/FXQ0w57tyE — Adam (@digivector) October 15, 2021 The Sweet Smell of Bugs and Bug-Hunting As Weidermann detailed in his January analysis, the threat actors set up a “research” blog and used the Twitter profiles to disseminate links to it in order to pull in potential targets. They also used the accounts…
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