North Korean Hackers’ Ties to the Global Underground

On 15 March, the Belfer Center published a report saying that the illicit revenue operations generate helps blunt the impact of tough global sanctions and supports the regime’s ballistic-missile and nuclear-weapons programs. It can enable the procurement of banned military or dual-use technology as well as luxury goods for Pyongyang elites.  Profits from computerised theft are also believed to help fund other components of North Korea’s cyber program, from hacker training to tooling development to non-remunerative campaigns designed to gather intelligence or cause destruction.  The report explores North Korean financially motivated actors’ convergence of interests and tradecraft with cybercriminals, focusing on their dealings with the Russian-language underground.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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