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'N.K. nurtures science prodigies as hackers'
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:46:23 +0000 (UTC)
By Park Han-na
The Korea Herald
North Korea is aggressively beefing up its cyber warfare capabilities by
adding child prodigies to its 3,000-strong special hacker unit targeting
South Korea and its allies, an expert said Tuesday, citing the testimonies
of North Korean defectors.
Pyongyang regularly screens math and science prodigies to train them to be
cyber experts through state-led education programs at home and abroad,
according to Steven Kim, a professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for
Kim said the selected elementary school students go through grueling
training sessions including internal competitions at well-equipped
facilities. Successful candidates get extra training in China and Russia
and come back to North Korea to join the cyber operations, he said during
a speech at the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C.
Kim said the North was escalating the level of its cyber provocations as
its online attacks could undermine the social and financial infrastructure
of the South, one of the world’s most-wired countries.
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