REPORT: Increasingly brazen North Korean hackers growing capable


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North Korea’s army of hackers has grown more brazen and capable over the course of several months, broadcasting a growing willingness to launch attacks on international targets.

Hackers linked to Pyongyang have deployed new tools and escalated operations against financial targets and global organizations. Over the past two years, security professionals have observed a continuous improvement in North Korea’s technical capabilities.

North Korea’s cyber capabilities are still considered inferior to those in other nations, like Russia, China and Israel. But some sayNorth Korea’s evolution on cyber — coupled with the country’s willingness to execute attacks when motivated by geopolitical events — make Pyongyang one of the more threatening adversaries in cyberspace.

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“They have demonstrated that when they have the intention they will deploy the capability,” said Adam Meyers, vice president for intelligence at CrowdStrike. “I would say that it is a formidable cyber adversary for us.”

“The North Koreans carry out their attacks to fit a larger political agenda,” said Jim Lewis, a former State Department official and cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “If the talks don’t go very well, then I think we will see a resurgence of North Korean activity.”

The latest evidence of North Korea’s expanded activity came late last month, when researchers at cybersecurity firm McAfee revealed that a hacking campaign they had been tracking had widened to critical infrastructure, financial and telecommunications targets in 17 different countries.

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