Date created : 08/08/2019 - 15:14 Cyberattacks have earned North Korea about $2 billion in just over three years, money that has gone towards its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, according to a UN report. The report, which was presented to the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee on North Korea, has totted up the loot brought in by 39 attacks since 2016, carried out by suspected cyber criminals in Pyongyang’s pay. They targeted financial institutions in 17 countries and stole bitcoins from cyptocurrency trading sites in raids that “used cyberspace to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income”, the report says.IT attacks that make money for North Korea have been known about and documented for years. One of the most active cybercriminal groups, nicknamed Lazarus, is suspected of being the driving force behind the well-publicised robbery of $80 million from … [Read more...] about How cybercrime funds North Korea’s nuclear programme
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Official North Korean news agency KCNA said Sigley was “caught red-handed committing anti-DPRK incitement through internet”. But after questioning “honestly admitted his spying acts… and repeatedly asked for pardon, apologizing for encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK,” he was set free. It said Sigley "upon request by anti-DPRK news outlets such as NK News, on numerous occasions transferred information that he gathered while travelling to every corner of Pyongyang using his status as an international student, including photographs and analysis," it said, using the initials of North Korea's official name. "The government of DPRK has exercised humanitarian forbearance and deported him from our grounds on July 4." On Saturday, Chad O’Connell, NK News’ CEO issued a statement “appreciating” Sigley’s “prompt release” but adding that “the six articles Alek published represent the full extent of his work … [Read more...] about Australian ‘Spy’ released from North Korea
North Korea has revealed its newest achievement in smart phone technology - the Pyongyang 2425. The phone has all the features of an ordinary iPhone. It has facial recognition, wireless charging, and an eight-core processor. The phone only functions on North Korea’s national wifi called Mirae, a state-owned network where only government approved content is available. The phone is also unable to connect to any foreign wifi or internet connection. Despite the DPRK’s insistence on its adherence to a philosophy of self-governance, the phone appears to be manufactured in China, according to its serial number. Daily NK, a South Korea based and US-funded organisation, claims that it got its hand on one of the phones and discovered that it was manufactured abroad. It was likely imported into North Korea as a finalised product and later had North Korea adaptions installed, according to an expert speaking to Daily NK. “While changing … [Read more...] about North Korea Releases Its Own iPhone
US President Donald Trump, whose Twitter malaprops often set off a deluge of social media criticism, was targeted on Friday for a linguistic misfire involving the phrase "locked and loaded." In a series of tweets on Friday morning Trump outlined why he said he had decided to call off a military strike on Iran he had planned in response to its having shot down a US drone. He said he decided the estimated death toll of 150 would be a disproportionate response. "We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die," wrote Trump, an outspoken supporter of gun rights and the beneficiary of $30 million in National Rifle Association campaign spending. Instead of "cocked & loaded", Trump probably meant "locked and loaded", which means to prepare a gun for immediate firing. Critics swarmed the internet to correct the term, as well as to point out that Trump had meant to say "sites". "Trump: 'We were cocked and loaded.' Editors … [Read more...] about Internet mocks Trump’s latest spelling errors
Russia is the latest country to try to find ways to police its online borders, sparking the end of the internet as we know it. By Sally Adee 14 May 2019 In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, ending 30 years of war across Europe and bringing about the sovereignty of states. The rights of states to control and defend their own territory became the core foundation of our global political order, and it has remained unchallenged since.In 2010, a delegation of countries – including Syria and Russia – came to an obscure agency of the United Nations with a strange request: to inscribe those same sovereign borders onto the digital world. “They wanted to allow countries to assign internet addresses on a country by country basis, the way country codes were originally assigned for phone numbers,” says Hascall Sharp, an independent internet policy consultant who at the time was director of technology policy at technology giant Cisco.After a year … [Read more...] about The global internet is disintegrating. What comes next?