N.Korean Hackers 'Work out of Chinese Hotels'

  • By Lee Min-seok

    April 25, 2022 12:44

    The U.S. government has issued a series of warnings against cyber attacks and hacking attempts, especially from North Korea.

    The Washington Post pointed out the contradictions. "In the world of government-backed hackers, North Korea stands out for its sheer weirdness," it said on April 22. "The vast majority of its residents have no Internet access... Yet Pyongyang has been able to build a hacking army that rivals nearly any on the globe."

    North Korean hackers are based in hotels in China because of the extremely threadbare internet connection network in their home country and because it allows them to evade detection.

    Eric Chien at Symantec described North Korea as being like the mafia or a criminal gang.

    "Hackers there are more likely to steal cryptocurrency than to steal secret information from a rival government like their peers in other cyber-savvy nations," the daily said. "Much of the stolen money goes to fund the heavily sanctioned nation's nuclear program and other government operations." 

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