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Officials: North is operating cyber warfare unit targeting Korea, U.S.




Officials: North is operating cyber warfare unit targeting Korea, U.S.
Officials: North is operating cyber warfare unit targeting Korea, U.S.



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http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2904450 

Yonhap
May 06, 2009

North Korea operates a cyber warfare unit that seeks to disrupt South 
Korean and U.S. military networks and visits U.S. military sites more 
frequently than any other country, intelligence sources in Seoul said 
yesterday.

The General Staff of the North=E2=80=99s Korean People=E2=80=99s Army has for years been 
operating a =E2=80=9Ctechnology reconnaissance team,=E2=80=9D which is exclusively in 
charge of collecting information and disrupting military computer 
networks in South Korea and the U.S., the sources said, on condition of 
anonymity.

Roughly 100 hackers, mostly graduates of a leading military academy in 
Pyongyang, work on the team, hacking into South Korean and U.S. computer 
networks, downloading classified information and establishing combat 
simulations, they said.

=E2=80=9CThis unit tries to take control of South Korean and U.S. military 
information systems by hacking into their computer networks and taking 
out classified data. When necessary, they may spread computer viruses to 
disrupt the networks,=E2=80=9D one of the sources said.

After years of tracking countries that access U.S. military Web sites 
and networks, the U.S. military has found that users inside North Korea 
logged on most frequently.


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