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Microsoft: takes court action against North Korean hackers

( - Microsoft said it has taken court action against a cybercrime group which the US software giant believes to be operating from North Korea.

The court case against the threat group that Microsoft calls "Thallium" has been filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the company said.

The filing resulted in a court order enabling Microsoft to take control of 50 domains that the group used to conduct its operations, meaning the sites can no longer be used to execute attacks, it added.

In an entry on its official blog, Microsoft said Thallium targeted government employees, think tanks, university staff members, and human rights and nuclear activists in the US, as well as Japan and South Korea.

Thallium attempted to trick victims through a technique known as phishing, presenting itself as a Microsoft account team.

This is the fourth nation-state activity group against which Microsoft has filed legal actions following previous attacks from China, Russia, and Iran.

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