Skip to comments.The Jig Is Not Yet Up: Kim Jong-Un Turns to Cyber Crime
Posted on 08/13/2018 9:44:38 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
North Korea is rapidly amassing capabilities with arguably greater destructive potential than nuclear or ballistic missiles. Pyongyangs elaborate licit and illicit financial networks grow more sophisticated and its army of cyber warriors grows more adept with each passing day, posing fearsome threats to Northeast Asia, the United States, and the entire international system.
Meanwhile, behind a veil of nuclear belligerence, the ruling Kim family has been quietly and painstakingly preparing to fight the next war: a Secret War waged not with guns and bullets, but with information and network access.
Former NSA deputy director Chris Inglis describes cyber as a tailor-made instrument of power for the North Korean regime, offering a relatively anonymous, low-cost means of both procuring financial resources and threatening foreign public and private-sector infrastructure. The rapid escalation of malicious North Korean cyber activities over the past decade seems to confirm the utility of hacking operations for the ruling elite, indicating that cyberwarfare has become a core survival tactic of the current regime.
Pyongyangs cyber program took root decades prior to Kim Jong-uns rise to power, however. The experiences and observations of scientists returning to North Korea from abroad in the 1990s sparked a realization within the regime that programming skills could help the domestic economy recover from the ravages of famine, while concomitantly amplifying the regimes ability to spy on and attack the United States and South Korea (ROK). This catalyzed the still-continuing process of identifying and recruiting promising talent for specialized education in elite North Korean or Chinese computer-science programs. Some North Koreans posted to the UN in the mid-1990s even enrolled in New York-based computer-programming courses.
By the time the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, Kim Jong-il was ostensibly convinced that information, rather than conventional military power, would define the future of warfare.
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North Korea is rapidly amassing capabilities with arguably greater destructive potential than nuclear or ballistic missiles.
Remember when Nagasaki was leveled with a DDoS attack?
He should go to bed one night and find a hand grenade under his pillow- WITH THE PIN STILL IN IT, with a note that says “Kim, Please be reasonable. First Warning”
Chris Inglis is Managing Director at Paladin Capital group, and has funds that are built around homeland security work.
This article is roughly the equivalent of a Managing Director at Lockheed writing a dire article about Venezuela having a squadron of MiG 29s. And he of course, just happens to have the product you need to buy. And I’m sure it please this Obama tool to get a free twist the knife on Trump.
LOL, ok, THAT is kinda a cool concept.
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