North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri outlet said Monday that hackers will not be able to evade severe punishment for their actions.
The South Korean government has recently taken a hit over the National Intelligence Service’s purchase of equipment from Italy’s Hacking Team, facing accusations that the hacking equipment was used against its own citizens. The North Korean media, however, picked up the story from a different angle.
“These (hacking tools) were purchased in January 2012, which was the election period; in other words, the current South Korean regime was using this to get rid of its political opponents,” the Uriminzokkiri article stated.
“These eavesdropping devices and hacking equipment are essential in finding out the election pledges of one’s opponent so that they can take countermeasures. The (NIS) agency asked the company that sold this system for hacking programs to hack into 20 peoples’ accounts.”
The North Korean outlet goes on to accuse the South Korean agency of purchasing these devices in order to “perform cyber terror in our republic.”
“The agency confessed that they used this program on 87 foreign computers and mobile phones and most of these devices were used in IP addresses related to us,” it said.
Uriminzokkiri describes this as clear evidence of South Korea attempting cyber terror in North Korea since 2012. They state that the unknown hackings in South Korea were carried out by NIS even though the South Korean government had blamed the DPRK.
Hacking recently made the news in South Korea once again as one of the employees of the National Intelligence Agency committed suicide after leaving a lengthy will stating that none of these hacking tools were used against South Korean citizens and they were also not used in the election process.
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