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Microsoft said the North Korea-linked hackers to the sensitive information to be stolen

A FILE PHOTO of The Microsoft mark is displayed at the top of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, October 19,2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Monday it has taken control of its web domains that were being used by the hacking group called a “Thallium” in order to steal information from them.

Thallium is believed to be the work of North Korea, Microsoft said in a blog post, the hackers targeted employees of the state government, think-tanks, university faculty, and individuals who are working in the field of nuclear proliferation, among others.

The majority of the victims were from the United States of america, Japan, and South Korea, according to the company. (a little bit.m/2QB6CFc)

Thallium, and deceived the victims by means of a technique known as “spear phishing”, with a believable-looking e-mails that appear legitimate at first glance.

Microsoft said that it will now be the one in control of the 50 web domains that it used for its business purposes, to follow in filing a complaint against the hacking group, the U.s. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and a subsequent court order.

Thallium is also used in the malware to compromise systems and steal data, and it is the fourth of a nation-state for the group of people who are, Microsoft has taken legal action, according to the company.

Report by Ayanti Berra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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