North Korea’s official news agency KCNA has accused the US and its allies of conducting cyberattacks. Described as “intensive and persistent virus attacks”, it’s otherwise not clear what information the alleged hackers were after or if any data was stolen. The implication is that the US or South Korean governments are trying to access North Korean servers in an act of espionage or sabotage.
The typically bellicose statement (spotted by the North Korea Tech blog) from North Korea – yes, it includes the old “puppet regime” jibe – suggests that the hack attacks are timed to coincide with the “madcap” Key Resolve joint military exercises between the US and South Korea. Those military drills prompted North Korea to cancel the 60-year old armistice between it and its neighbor to the south, prompting fears of a preemptive strike from Pyongyang.
This year has seen a number of major accusations of cyberwar-esque hack attacks between nations, including a report that claims to have tracked down China’s wave of hacks to an army unit based in Shanghai.
Here’s the full KCNA statement:
Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) — There are very disturbing developments against the backdrop of the ever mounting moves of the U.S. and its allies to stifle the DPRK.
Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on internet servers operated by the DPRK. These cannot be construed otherwise than despicable and base acts of the hostile forces consternated by the toughest measures taken by the DPRK after launching an all-out action.
What should not be overlooked is that such cyber attack is timed to coincide with the madcap Key Resolve joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. and other hostile forces. It is nobody’s secret that the U.S. and south Korean puppet regime are massively bolstering up cyber forces in a bid to intensify the subversive activities and sabotages against the DPRK.
The DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker to the enemies’ cyber attacks that have reached a very grave phase as part of their moves to stifle it.
It is ridiculous, indeed, for the hostile forces to mount such virus attacks on the DPRK’s internet servers, much upset by the all-out action of its army and people to defend the sovereignty of the country and the nation.
They are seriously mistaken if they think they can quell the DPRK’s voices of justice through such base acts. The U.S. and its allies should be held wholly accountable for the ensuing consequences.
— KCNA, March 15, 2013.
(Source: North Korea Tech blog)