Why North Korea Is Silent on Cyber Warfare

Why North Korea Is Silent on Cyber Warfare
Why North Korea Is Silent on Cyber Warfare

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By Moon Sung Hwee
The Daily NK

It has been 13 days since the July 7th problems caused by the 
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which paralyzed key websites 
in South Korea and the U.S.

The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) asserted at the 
time that those who backed the attacks were either North Korean or 
pro-North Korea factions. However, despite such an accusatory 
assessment, North Korea has not responded in any way.

The NIS claims that the only group with the desire to conduct cyber 
terror attacks against both South Korea and U.S. key organizations is 
North Korea, and offered one piece of circumstantial evidences: that 
North Korea strongly denounced =E2=80=9CCyber Storm,=E2=80=9D the June 27 U=2ES.-South 
Korea joint training exercise on possible cyber terror.

Suspecting that the act was that of a North Korean hacking organization 
disguised as a legitimate enterprise located in Shenyang, China, the NIS 
has been trying to track down the IP address. However, no clear evidence 
has emerged.

Meanwhile, North Korea=E2=80=99s response has been interesting. Generally, 
whenever the South Korean government so much as mentions the word 
"North," North Korea instantly produces a volley of aggressive claims 
about the possibility of military catastrophe. Pyongyang=E2=80=99s silence in 
the face of the NIS designation is somewhat unprecedented.


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