Hackers Announce Japan Nuked by N. Korea??!

Back in 2007, hackers broke in to a website for the Intelligence Community and made off 64,000 email addresses.

Now, using that same list, they sent out a fake news report apparently from an intelligence agency bulletin. The email is directly traceable to Georgia and Hungary, but likely misdirection from another country entirely…

What’s interesting is that it’s written intelligibly (as far as government-speak goes) and follows conventional structure. Pretty sophisticated for a link going to a weight-loss site!

From: SSC@dia.mil [mailto:SSC@dia.mil]
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 11:17 AM
Subject: FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

Office of the Director of National Intelligence INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

(U//FOUO) DPRK has carried out nuclear missile attack on Japan

06 March 2010

(U//FOUO) Prepared by Defense Intelligence Agency

(U//FOUO) Today, March 06, 2010 at 11.46 AM local time (UTC/GMT -5 hours), US seismographic stations recorded seismic activity in the area of Okinawa Island (Japan). According to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has carried out an average range missile attack with use of nuclear warhead. The explosion caused severe destructions in the northern part of the Okinawa island. Casualties among the personnel of the US military base are being estimated at the moment.

(U//FOUO) In connection with the occurred events, it is necessary for the personnel of the services listed below to be ready for immediate mobilization:

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:
OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY:
OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS

DEPARTMENT OF STATE:
BUREAU OF INTELLIGENCE AND RESEARCH

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY:
OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION:
OFFICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY INTELLIGENCE

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
NATIONAL SECURITY BRANCH

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

UNITED STATES ARMY

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

UNITED STATES NAVY
________________

(U//FOUO) Additional information can be found in the following report:

[LINK REMOVED]
________________
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Washington, D.C. 20511

UPDATE: hundreds of visitors are seeking information about this from all over the country – from Maryland to Oklahoma; from outside consultants to intelligence agencies. Post a comment with your reaction. Did you click the link?

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8 responses to “Hackers Announce Japan Nuked by N. Korea??!

  1. Very convincing. I knew enough not to execute the link but as a DoD contractor, I’ve seen less creditable reports on actual message traffic.

  2. i just got an email about korea and japan okinawa. why is this email going arround and what happens if i open it?

  3. Laura, whatever you do, don’t open it! Chances are it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical virus. (given the audience they’re targeting)

  4. Pretty good considering I have NEVER received a .mil phish before. Filtered all the way through straight to my Inbox so hats off to these clowns.

  5. Received about 4 of these emails over Sunday and today.

    Really well done, well formed and everything. So hats off to them.

  6. silentwatch

    Very interesting. When I visually parse emails like this I’m used to skipping the header information, which in this case contained the date, and for about 30 seconds I was panic-stricken. There were a few grammatical errors which gave it away, and then the .ge domain extension was obvious. It still caused me to turn to my co-worker with a look of absolute horror and say ‘I’m about to be mobilized’, though.

    I would warn people that there is a 90% chance this link leads to some sort of malware. I would not suggest anyone follow it.

  7. Is there any spyware I can use to rid my computer of his virus. I opened it and sent it out to a few people

  8. Contact your appropriate Information Assurance officer or system administrator.

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