Targeting of South Korean professors, dissidents, and human rights advocates
Date of report
  • June 2023
APT 37, a North Korean hacking group, distributed information-stealing malware through Ably, a South Korean data-transfer and messaging application. The malware could be used to steal information from the victim’s computer and to record video and audio and exfiltrate it.
Suspected victims
  • Professors, human rights advocates, and North Korean defectors
Suspected state sponsor
  • Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Civil society
Victim government reaction
  • Unknown
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response