Communist North Korea is believed to have trained up to 600 computer hackers to launch cyberattacks against such countries as the United States and South Korea, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry.
Computers are a rarity and Internet access is almost nonexistent for most people in the impoverished North Korea, but the Defense Ministry said in a report submitted to the National Assembly’s national defense committee that it believes North Korea’s intelligence warfare capabilities have already reached the level of those in advanced countries.
Computer experts in North Korea are trained in a five-year university course, and computer hackers are selected from these experts, it said.
One of their duties is to gather military intelligence from such countries as the United States, South Korea and Japan and to launch cyberattacks.
Hackers, possibly based in China, attacked computers at South Korea’s National Assembly and the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in July, raising concerns about national security, the report said.
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