Saturday, June 22, 2013

North Korea Has 3,000 Highly Trained Hackers

North Korean leader Kim looks at a computer screen as he visits Air and Anti-air Force Command of the Korean People's Army in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang. Reuters

NORKS Harbouring 3,000-Strong Cyber Army, Claims Seoul -- The Register

Most people might not have the interwebs but these guys are GOOD

South Korean defence minister Kim Kwan-jin reckons Pyongyang has 3,000 highly trained hackers tasked with stealing military secrets and disrupting systems.

In a warning clearly designed to set the alarm bells ringing in Seoul, Kim said that Seoul’s near neighbour to the north poses a clear threat to national security thanks to its formidable online capabilities.

The sizeable team of cyber operatives he described works under the Reconnaissance General Bureau of the Korean People's Army, according to local news agency Yonhap.

Kim claimed that group was responsible for a large scale DDoS attack on South Korea in 2009, the hacking of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation in 2010 and a data wiping malware attack which knocked out PCs at several major TV stations and banks earlier this year.

Pyongyang has apparently denied all responsibility for these incidents.

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My Comment: I suspect that these hackers are primed for combat.

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