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Closer look at North Korea's cyber army tasked with cyberespionage

Cyberespionage is a major threat, and North Korea has quietly built a digital army tasked with attacking the United States, South Korea, and other targets.

Published Sun, Feb 15 2015 3:08 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:10 PM CST

North Korea isn't a cyberespionage powerhouse like Russia or China, but the country has a budding cyber warfare program that could cause major headaches for the United States and South Korea. Pyongyang is investing more resources into its cyber capabilities, evolving attack habits to be highly disruptive.

Closer look at North Korea's cyber army tasked with cyberespionage | TweakTown.com

"A prime example could be if we're imagining that North Korea was under attack from South Korea, which was being supported by the US Army," said Egle Murauskaite, trainer at the US National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in a statement to the Christian Science Monitor. "North Korea could attack satellites to disrupt communication between the US and allies and imped the US ability to reach targets."

Along with satellites, precision guided missiles largely rely on electronics, so there are fears that attacks would be able to effectively disrupt these signals.

South Korea has complained of cyberattacks targeting banks and critical infrastructure, with North Korea blamed for the attacks.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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