North Korean News Agency Accuses US and Allies of Cyberattacks

Steven Millward
12:00 pm on Mar 15, 2013

North Korea accuses US of cyberattacks

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)

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  • Chris Chandler

    Really??? Who knew that they even had computers in North Korea.

  • Bryan Vogler

    are they using the word attack like emergency. We have yet to agree on what an emergency is. Hospitals see all sorts of what people claim are emergencies, while other would differ. The word accuses is like an emergency for some but others it’s just accusing. The translation between Korean and Canadian is impossible to get correct.. It may mean suggest, which is like I think. Both Americans and North Korea are great at propaganda to get the public suckered into word play. We have little mental protection against these university graduates who use propaganda against the public minds. For example in the First World War Robert Service a famous poet in the Klondike days went overseas as a correspondent, but his vivid reporting was censored by the army. He made it look so bad nobody would sign up and conscription resulted. Both told the truth, but Robert told it like it was. The government did not. I think the american government is doing that here for their own gain. .

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