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Report: North Korea's Bureau 121 scarier than previously thought

North Korea's secretive Bureau 121 is scarier than originally perceived by western cybersecurity experts - and the threat is only growing
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Dec 26, 2014 6:41 pm

The North Korean government has steadily increased capabilities of its secretive Bureau 121 cyberespionage unit, but very little is known about how it operates. A North Korean defector recently shed light on the division of specialized "cyber warriors," with specific training of programming languages, operating systems research, and IT network security vulnerabilities.

 

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By the time hackers are officially hired by Bureau, some candidates have almost nine years of training, according to Jang Se-yul, a graduate of the top North Korean engineering college. Bureau 121 cybercriminals - and their families - are moved to Pyongyang and become among the country's top 1 percent, including a high salary, free apartment, and free Internet access.

 

The US and other western nations are focused more on limiting cyberespionage, especially from North Korea, Iran, China and Russia - but the cybercriminals have had a step up on us for quite some time. North Korea understands it wouldn't be able to win a conventional war against political rivals, but is able to cause chaos using their hacker branch.

NEWS SOURCES:Finance.yahoo.com, Blogs.reuters.com

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