North Korea’s state media on Monday blasted South Korea’s spy agency for alleging that Pyongyang hacked tens of thousands of smartphones in the South using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps.
The South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament last week that the North attempted to hack more than 20,000 South Korean smartphones between May and September.
The agency said it had worked with the owners of South Korean websites and government officials to remove the applications and block hacking channels.
Pyongyang’s official website Uriminzokkiri accused the NIS of fabricating the report to distract attention from a standoff over South Korean activists who send leaflets critical of the North’s regime across the border by balloon.
Read about the political brinkmanship being played between the two hostile neighbours over the hacking scandal on Security Week.