September 30, 2022 13:21
North Korea scores highly on in Harvard University's index of cyber warfare capabilities released Wednesday.
On the Cyber Power Index of 30 countries by the Kennedy School's Belfer Center, North Korea came 14th overall but ranked an ignominious first in the financial category.
The index evaluates cyber capabilities in eight categories -- financial, surveillance, intelligence, commerce, defense, information control, destructive and norms.
The U.S., China and Russia are in the top three and South Korea ranks seventh for overall cyber power. But in terms of ability to harness cyber power to steal money, North Korea tops the list, followed by China and Vietnam.
It assesses if countries have used cyber operations to amass wealth, including "theft by cyber means including ransomware, ransoms demanded for not publicizing information obtained via data breaches and attacking the digital infrastructure of financial institutions."
In terms of cyber defense North Korea ranks at the bottom, but it comes fifth following the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., and Iran in terms of the destructive power of its cyber capabilities.
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