North Korea cyber warfare unit trying to hack U.S. government and South Korea military networks

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

North Korea activates their cyber warfare unit and trying to hack U.S. government and South Korean military networks to gather confidential information and disrupt service. The North Korea's military has expanded the unit, they were recruited about 100 personnel, mostly graduates and computer skills teacher from Pyongyang university, Yonhap news agency reported, citing an intelligence agency it didn't identify.

South Korea's Ministry of Defense mentioned it is aware that Pyongyang has been training lots of hackers in recent years but they did not provide any details about it and had no other comment. The National Intelligence Service — South Korea's main spy agency — said it could not immediately confirm the Yonhap report.

This report came a day after the Ministry of Defense said it had signed an accord with the Pentagon to strengthen their cooperation in fighting against foreign cyber threats. However, The ministry statement, did not identify any specific cyber threats, such as from North Korea.

The U.S. stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korea. The U.S. military command's public affairs office in Seoul was not immediately available to comment on the report Tuesday, a national holiday in South Korea.

North Korea as the one of the most secretive countries in the world have a deep interest in Internet and information technology. The country's leader, Kim Jong Il, commands his staff pushed the development of advanced computer technology, saying those who don't use computers are among the "three main fools of the 21st century" along with those who smoke and don't appreciate music.

But North Korea tightly controls their ordinary citizens to access computers and the Internet.
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