SEOUL, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- South Korea police is warning the public about a computer virus attached to phishing emails that includes a link to a fake news article about President Park Geun-hye.
The police have not confirmed whether the email hack is of North Korean origin, Yonhap reported.
The emails include a link to what looks like a CNN article that reads, "Park Geun-hye resigns," according to the cybersecurity department of South Korea's Gyeonggi Nambu provincial police agency.
Malware that can compromise a computer system is downloaded once an unsuspecting user clicks on the link, the police say.
The hackers have yet to be identified, but according to one South Korean police official they are a group who have actively taken advantage of social issues in South Korea, sending mass emails about topics such as the political scandal involving the South Korean president and her influential friend Choi Soon-sil, who is suspected of embezzlement and gaining access to state secrets.
"It is best for email users to not click on emails that appear to be of unknown origin," the official said.
The hacking incident has been further complicated by what police have said is a message circulating on Kakao Talk, a popular mobile messaging application for smartphones.
The message mimics a statement from the police regarding the email, and warns users to not open an email with a link to a CNN news article, but police said Wednesday they did not publish the bulletin on social media.