UN Probing 30 N.Korean Cyberattacks in 17 Countries

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    August 13, 2019 08:10

    UN experts say they are investigating at least 30 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for its nuclear program -- and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country.

    Last week, the Associated Press reported that North Korea illegally acquired "as much as [US$2 billion]" from its increasingly sophisticated cyber activities against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges, quoting the experts' summary.

    A man walks by a sign at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul on July 16, 2013. /AP
    Their lengthy report, recently seen by AP, reveals that neighboring South Korea was hardest-hit, the victim of 10 cyberattacks, followed by India with three, and Bangladesh and Chile with two each.
    Thirteen countries suffered one attack -- Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam, it said.

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