Korean sex spy jailed for five years

Graham Cluley
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In September I blogged about Won Jeong Hwa. Under the cover of touring South Korean military bases to lecture on the evils of Kim II Sung’s North Korean communist regime, Miss Won seduced army officers in exchange for military secrets.

Won, who has been dubbed the Korean “Mata Hari” for her sex espionage antics, has now been sentenced to five years in jail.

What makes this case of interest to us is that officers in South Korea’s military command and control centre were the target of a spyware attack in the form of a malicious email attachment, after their details were passed from the 35-year-old female agent to North Korea.

It’s doubtful that anyone in military circles will be surprised to hear that North Korea is using the internet to spy on its enemies. But then, is there any country…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.