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Dispelling the NK BS: Bureau 121 - NK Does Have An Elite Hacking Capacity
Before defecting to South Korea in 2007, Jang went to Mirim University, the country’s top engineering college, which is now called the University of Automation. Although he wasn’t a hacker — his major was War Game Strategy, focused on cyber warfare simulations — Jang took classes with the hackers that are now in Bureau 121. After graduation, Jang worked at North Korea’s General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the intelligence agency that Bureau 121 is a part of. He says he still keeps in touch with some of those hackers.
How they’re trained: Mirim University produces most of the hackers that get placed in Bureau 121. It’s a highly competitive program, with each class accepting only about 100 students out of 5,000 applicants. They take six 90-minute classes every day, learning different coding languages and operating systems, from C to Linux. Jang says a lot of time was spent dissecting Microsoft programs, like the Windows operating system, and how to attack the overall computer IT systems of enemy countries like the US or South Korea.
But the core principle is to develop its own hacking programs and computer viruses without having to rely on programs already built in the outside world. Jang says he believes North Korean hackers are as good as the top programmers at Google or CIA, if not already better. “Especially in terms of coding, I’m confident they’re better because they’ve invested in it for so long,” he says.
Their living conditions are much better than most North Koreans': they receive high salaries, a free apartment over 2,000 sq ft in downtown Pyongyang, and their family can move to Pyongyang as well, which is a big privilege. They’re among the top 1% who are happy with their lives in North Korea. In fact, with free access to the internet, these hackers are all aware of what’s going on in the outside world and how reclusive their country is — but they still won’t leave their country. “No matter how hard you try to convince them, they won’t leave — even if you offered them a job at the Blue House (the official residence of the South Korean president),” Jang says.
KCNA The ultimate goal: North Korea realizes they have no chance fighting their enemies in conventional warfare. But in cyber space, they can create chaos with relatively few resources. It’s why the North Korean government has spent so much effort in this area since the 1980s. They call it the “Secret War.” Jang says the ultimate goal is to attack the central IT infrastructure of enemy countries, primarily the government, and steal as much information as possible while also causing social pandemonium.
originally posted by: intrptr
Of course NK is bad ass, the entire US military was fought to a standstill by them.
originally posted by: Dabrazzo
North Korea has a pretty scary military capacity, they can actualy defend themselves hence the reason they havent been invaded yet.
Still no evidence they hacked Sony though.
I had to log in just to LOL at the prospects of this post being true when viewed in the same light as the capabilities of the NSA, their data center and collection capabilities. Yeah NK is way ahead of the US in terms of cyber capabilities LOL
originally posted by: Hefficide
a reply to: watchitburn
Actually ( spoiler alert ) I've been doing a LOT of research and I am of a mind that the entire Cyberwar that played out rather silently ( No MSM mentions of a global cyberwar, and yet one happened for several days and is still sporadically going on ) is domestic in nature and far, far more complex than anyone can imagine.
North Korea is definitely involved, whether they wish to be or are being scapegoated I do not know.
This thread was created as a source for the constant posts suggesting that North Korea doesn't have a working toaster, much less a working computer when, in fact, they may actually outclass the US in Cyberwarfare.
Does Norse display the attacks the US perpetrates on other nations?
originally posted by: sageturkey
The re/code article mentioned that they like to use important dates such as holidays.
Thought I'd take a quick look at Norse and I caught a pretty large Telnet storm coming in from China.