#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA:Editors Post:Dec.28 – Recently l posted news and reported on the cyber-hacks and attacks on Sony Pictures and how it has put North Korea’s cyberwarfare program in the spotlight.
Though what do we really know about the internal workings of the country, as not much is known, other than snippets of information have come out over the years, often through defectors and intelligence leaks.Here’s a summary of what we know:The Cyber Units of North Korea’s governing structure is split between the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defence Commission (NDC).North Korea’s main cyber-operations run under the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), which itself falls under the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces that is in turn part of the NDC. The RGB has been operational for years in traditional espionage and clandestine operations and formed two cyber-divisions several years ago called Unit 121 and Office 91.
In 2004, Unit 121 was said to have gained access to 33 of the 80 wireless communications networks used by the South Korean military. The attack coincided with the timing of a military exercise held with U.S. military forces.
North Korea likes to launch its cyber attacks on important dates. On the Fourth of July in 2009, North Korea launched an attack, which included a denial-of-service operation against media and government websites in South Korea and the U.S. The attack included malware that wipes data from the hard drives of targeted machines. A similar attack was carried out by what researchers at Symantec have branded the “DarkSeoul gang,” thought to be working for North Korea, which attacked South Korean banks and TV networks in 2011 and 2013. The attacks in 2013 froze ATM networks in South Korea and prevented people from taking money out of their accounts. They also coincided with North Korea’s cutting of the official communications link between it and South Korea. Further cyber attacks since then have often coincided with the anniversary of the start of the Korean War and other notable dates.
North Korea sees on-line games as a theater of cyber warfare operations. In 2011, South Korean police arrested five people and accused them of collaborating with operators in North Korea. They were alleged to have used “auto-players” in the on-line game Lineage to level up in the game and then use its in-game marketplace to obtain real money. In 2013, the South Korean government said hackers from North Korea released malware that infected 100,000 computers which were then hijacked and used to launch a distributed denial of service attack on computers at the Inchon Airport. It had little effect, but the attack was considered a “clever tactic” for using an online game as what military planners call a “force multiplier.”
North Korea also has the ability to jam signals from GPS satellites and to inject false coordinates into GPS signals. It demonstrated this capability during joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in 2011.
North Korean hackers get some of their training in China and in Russia. In 2012, North
Korea also signed an agreement with Iran to cooperate in combating “common enemies in cyberspace.” One motivating factor for their alliance was the appearance of Stuxnet, a cyber weapon created by the U.S. and Israel and used to attack Iran’s nuclear research facilities.
So concluding the next battle will not be fought with conventional military hardware but computer controlled drones, cyber-machines and computer software, all geared to create massive infrastructure damage on countries economies. So as the power of the pound, dollar and euro will decline, the power of control over peoples lives will evolve, as news and social media, take greater and greater control over our everyday lives.
The next war will not be of ‘ guts and glory ‘ or men of honour ‘ fighting for a worthy cause ‘ but of little men with big ideas sitting in ivory towers ‘ Playing at being God ‘ but as with all little men who are really ‘children at heart ‘, there is a stronger and more ‘ Powerful Father ‘ who has watched over us and waits until all things have past, before he comes.
Then NO computer or Cyberattack be it hacker or not will stop his coming, because by then it will be truly too late, because as with life every ‘ Second Counts’ and before you can say it – it will have surely happened and it will be history.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA:Dec.21 – North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyber-attack.
The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation.
The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
The North Korean government was behind the punishing breach. U.S. officials are promising a response, unspecified so far.
#AceWorldNews – UPDATE – USA:Dec.19 – A US investigation into the hack of Sony’s computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, Reuters quoted a US official as saying Friday.
The probe showed that there may be a Chinese link“either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack,” the official said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will for the first time on Friday officially weigh in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.
According to Reuters, the FBI will say that North Korea was responsible for the major breach, but did it by way of Chinese computer networks.
The intrusion into the Hollywood studio’s internal networks last month has since caused a trove of stolen files, including stolen company emails, records and unreleased films, to surface on the web.
Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would be cancelling plans to release “The Interview” next week, a comedy in which North Korea President Kim Jong Un is assassinated, following threats perpetrated by the purported hackers.
#AceSecurityNews – JAPAN – March 25 – The Self-Defence Forces of Japan will launch on Wednesday the first squad to fight cyber-attacks on the country’s most important information resources, Itar-Tass – reported.
Ninety experts are expected to join the new department at the first stage.
In 2015, a special cyber security centre will be established.
A week ago, Tokyo faced a full-on cyber-attack across government departments in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics, Reuters said.