Kim Jong Un’s technical wizards are working day in and day out, trying to protect their supreme leader from the threatening forces of South Korea and Donald Trump.
According to a South Korean legislator, the North Korean techno soldiers purloined extremely confidential plans devised by South Korea and the US, which included a certain “decapitation strike” against the supreme leader. Such extreme plans were made in view of Kim Jong Un’s repeated nuclear tests and attempts at firing missiles across the Pacific Ocean.
This, yet again, proves North Korea’s expertise in infiltrating and hacking computer systems all around the world. Three years before, North Korea had stolen documents from SNE. as a response to the controversial film, “The Interview”—a Seth Rogen film. This sort of cyber stealing can prove highly detrimental to the US-South Korea plan and other military options.
According to Rhee Cheol-hee, lawmaker in the ruling party, it is very difficult to fight against an adversary who happens to already know about the opposition’s strategy.
It is difficult for North Korea to adopt as well as invest in conventional military options due to a slow domestic economy and trade sanctions. In order to counter that, the nation is relying on cyber capacities. Hackers provide a feasible way to target rival nations, which heavily depends on computer networks and technology systems. Side by side, Kim is ardently directing all his energies to nuclear missiles.
According to South Korea’s Defense Security Command, although, North Korea sanctions only a tiny portion of its population to access the Internet, it began training its techno warriors in the beginning of 1990’s. There are over 1,700 hackers sponsored and employed by the state.
According to Colonel Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, the US is confident about its security capacities and its potential to defend itself from Kim Jong Un. However, it was not very certain whether the plans pillaged by North Korea were a decoy or not.
Lazarus, a group with alleged links to North Korea, attacked over 300,000 computers by using a global ransomware. Another group called Bluenoroff, which was linked to North Korea, stole money from Bangladesh’s central bank.
According to a report from security researcher FireEye Inc., to avoid trade restrictions, North Korea has been trying to secure cryptocurrencies and bitcoins. The country has also increased attacks on a few South Korean exchanges.
According to Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer for the Asia-Pacific region at FireEye, North Korea depends on technology in a limited fashion, which renders it less vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
FireEye revealed that North Korean hackers sent phishing emails to a few electric companies in the US for “reconnaissance”. However, the security firm was prompt in averting any sort of disruption.
Time and again, North Korea has denied involvement in any of the cyberattacks. Nevertheless, South Korea, which has been targeted by North Korean cyberattacks for more than six times, has started to train its own army of techno warriors.