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ISRO confirms having been alerted about DTrack malware during Chandrayaan 2, says it had no impact

When the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was trying to land the Vikram landing module of the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft on the Moon, North Korean hackers attacked the organization.

According to a recent report of The quintISRO was one of the five government agencies that were attacked. However, officials from the Indian space agency denied that the attack impacted the Moon's mission.

As reported, ISRO employees accidentally installed malware on their systems after opening phishing emails from North Korean spammers.

ISRO confirms having been alerted about DTrack malware during Chandrayaan 2, says it had no impact

GSLV MkIII on the Sriharikpta launch pad. Image: ISRO

Other report of the Financial times suggests that ISRO was informed about the attack in September. ISRO also confirmed to The quint About being alerted about the attack.

We know they were attacked, they got the link, they clicked on the link. We can confirm that so far, "said Yash Kadakia, founder of Security Bridge, a cybersecurity company based in Mumbai. The quint.

Apparently, this attack was carried out using DTrack, a type of malware, the US authorities believe that it is linked to the Lazarus group controlled by the North Korean government.

A report by the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, the malware has been detected in financial institutions and research centers in 18 Indian states.

The sIt is also believed that malware has affected the Kudankulam nuclear plant.

September 3 on National Cyber ​​Coordination Center, which was created to help the country deal with malicious cyber activities and cyber warfare, received information from a US-based cybersecurity company. UU. that a "threat actor" had violated the "domain controllers" masters of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)) Kudankulam and ISRO nuclear plant, with malware.

The malware was later identified as Dtrack and officials of both government agencies were informed about these security violations on September 4, two days before the attempted landing on the moon of Chandrayaan 2 scheduled.

Dtrack is a virus that has been developed by a Group of North Korean hackers called Lzaro. It allows hackers to gain complete control over a device and can extract data remotely. Dtrack RAT (remote administration tool) It can infiltrate systems with network security policies and weak password standards. Once implemented, you can access all available files and running processes, key registration, browser history and host IP addresses, including information about available networks and active connections.

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