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Kim Jong Un ‘takes power by the HACKER military that funds nuclear weapons and the economy’

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un has used hackers to fund nuclear weapons and help the country’s failing economy, reports say.

According to a report conducted by the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency, the North Korean government engaged in a number of “malicious cyber activities”.

Kim Jong Un uses a group of cyber hackers to boost North Korea's economy

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Kim Jong Un uses a group of cyber hackers to boost North Korea’s economyCredit: AP

The list of illegal cybercriminals includes targeting banks around the world, stealing national defense secrets, extortion through ransomware, digital currency appropriation, and cryptocurrency laundering.

“North Korea’s cyber program poses an increasing threat of espionage, theft, and attack,” the report states.

The report added: “North Korea has conducted cyber theft against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide, potentially stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, possibly to funding government priorities, such as nuclear and missile programs.”

U.S. and United Nations investigators say the Kim regime, which turns 10 years this month, has made at least $2.3 billion through illegal cyber activity, with more funds being raised. done, US and UN investigators said.

At least $316.4 million of that comes from a malware called AppleJeus, which is a cryptocurrency trading platform that actually steals money from users.

In 2020, theft through cybercrime makes up about 8% of North Korea’s estimated economy, according to the Central Bank of Korea in Seoul.

After Kim decided to close the border of North Korea because of Covid-19, the country was forced to stop the small legal trade in which it was engaged.

North Korea’s economy is now at its worst in two decades after being inundated with sanctions for years.

Sanctions have been imposed by several countries following North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

In an attempt to evade the limitations of already-imposed sanctions, North Korea has resorted to hacking operations to boost its GDP.

In one case, the cyberwarrior tried to steal $2 billion from the Swift financial transaction system (Worldwide Association for Interbank Financial Telecommunication), according to Bloomberg.

According to the United Nations Security Council, the country has also attempted to use illegally obtained military technology for financial gain.

“North Korea” isn’t afraid to be brazen and sabotage to achieve the task at hand, said Jenny Jun, a non-resident member at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber-Driven Legislative Initiative.

“The fight against North Korea’s illegal activities is like a game of bets – knocking down will lead to change rather than cause. [the regime] to stop or focus on legitimate economic activity,” added Jun.

According to US and UN investigators, North Korea's cyber defense force engaged in a number of illegal activities.

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According to US and UN investigators, North Korea’s cyber defense force engaged in a number of illegal activities.
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