Unless you live under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard about North Korea’s recent threats of a missile launch. Unfortunately, that’s not their only form of attack. A few weeks ago, South Korea experienced a synchronized cyberattack, but investigators have yet to identify the culprit. Of course, the number one suspect is North Korea.
32,000 computers and servers at several major TV networks and banks were shut down by malware. North Korea has some of the most restrictive internet policies in the world, and the majority of citizens don’t even have computers, so how could they pose a threat to the affluent South Korea? We do know that over the last few years North Korea has been funding developments in science and technology, and as a result, both South Korea and the U.S. believe North Korea has thousands of trained hackers. This army of ‘cyberwarriors’ makes absolute sense for North Korea; cyberwarfare is cheaper than developing and launching missiles, and because their network isn’t connected to the internet they are not at risk for retaliation.
What is cyberwarfare?
Cyberwarfare is a politically motivated hack to conduct sabotage or espionage. This year, many U.S. intelligence officials believe it to be a bigger threat than terrorism.
So where are they getting these hackers from?
North Korea is recruiting their top students in primary schools to attend an elite school. They move through the system in a pyramid-like system, where they’ll attend the top technology universities. From there, they are sent to China or Russia for a year to study undercover as programmers, before they return home to serve as ‘cyber warriors’. Students are motivated by the regime’s guarantee for themselves, and their families in an elite province along with food subsidies.
With North Korea bolstering their armies of cyberwarriors, it’s imperative that the rest of the world collaborates and educates. While some cyberattacks are hard to avoid, others are easily prevented by installing security software suites, and being smart about your privacy settings, passwords and what emails you choose to open.
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