October 23, 2021

Experts warn report on North Korea’s cyber power understates true threat

Think tank puts DPRK in bottom tier after blunt assessment of cyber capabilities, but security researchers disagree

A new analysis of cyber capabilities and national power has ranked North Korea in the lowest of three tiers, arguing that the DPRK’s offensive cyber operations are of low sophistication and hampered by the limited number of skilled hackers in the country. 

The report published on Monday by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) put North Korea’s “cyber power” on the same level as Indonesia and Malaysia -- an assessment that experts said underestimates the true abilities of North Korea’s cyber army.