Jonathan Wu, Growth Leader of Ethereum’s L2 Scaling Solution Aztec Network, shared his experience interviewing alleged North Korean hackers.
- “The world will see great results from my hands.”
- DeFi North Korean Hackers: Why are everyone scared of them?
The infamous North Korean hacker is a nightmare for the DeFi segment and the cryptocurrency as a whole. Yesterday, Aztec Network’s growth leader shared the most likely way he interviewed one of them for work.
“The world will see great results from my hands.”
Wu used Twitter to share his story about a job interview with a undoubtedly failed “Solidity developer.” He found a candidate through the greenhouse platform. The applicant claimed to be a seasoned Solidity engineer with over 6 years of experience.
Not bullshit I think I just interviewed a North Korean hacker.
Be scary, cheerful, paranoid, and don’t forget to triple-check OpSec practices.
Method is as follows.
— Jonwu.eth (@jonwu_) April 29, 2022
The candidate’s resume contained the phrase “The world will see great results from my hands.” This looked a bit villainous to Mr. Wu. However, he goes on to a zoom interview with a quirky applicant pretending to be an Ontario-based engineer.
Candidates also made 12 GitHub commits last year, which is a very low indicator for engineers. When the conversation began, Mr. Wu noticed that “Bobby Sierra” had turned off his camera and decided to talk to his potential employer from a noisy room.
“Mr. Sierra” was unable to cover his alleged experience at F2 Pool, the largest Ethereum (ETH) mining pool. Instead, he mentioned random DAO and NFT projects. He also lied about his whereabouts. He used “OK” as the filler word. This is often the native Shibboleth of South Korea.
DeFi North Korean Hackers: Why are everyone scared of them?
His English was awkward and completely “disqualified”, but his accent didn’t sound like the accent of most Korean expatriates. Mr Wu stopped the dialogue “good or bad” when the candidate was silent for five minutes when asked about his previous profession.
This strange conversation could be a social engineering attempt to attack the Aztec Network. Wu isn’t sure about the exact vector of future attacks, but mentioned sending compromised resumes, malicious codebase changes, and more.
North Korean hacker group Lazarus is behind the most devastating attacks in cryptocurrency history, including record-breaking Ronin Hack and the stolen NFT collection of DeFi veteran Arthur 0x.