North Korea’s own homegrown computer operating system, that’s supposed to be fully hacker proof and more secure than foreign OS, like Microsoft’s Windows, can easily be hacked remotely.
A group of hackers managed to break into Red Star OS — North Korea’s government sanctioned Linux-based OS — using just a link.
Red Star OS is North Korea’s own homegrown OS that looks remarkably just like Apple’s OS X and gives North Korean authorities more control over the computers, providing not only security but also spying tools that help track files in a way that if the government wants, every bit of user’s data can be traced easily.
According to the information security company Hacker House, Red Star OS contains a critical vulnerability that makes it possible for hackers to gain remote access to any PC running North Korea’s OS just by tricking victims into opening a hyperlink.
The latest version of Red Star OS ships with a Firefox-based web browser called , and according to researchers, the “trivial remote exploit attack vectors” contained in the web browser allows attackers to hack into the system.
Here’s how the exploit work:
The Hacker House hackers exploited a particular Red Star application that handles Uniform Request Identifiers (URI) – a string of characters used to identify resources in a network.