September 24, 2021

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Ethan Jewell

Ethan Jewell is a Seoul-based correspondent for NK News focused on sanctions, trade and maritime issues. He previously worked as an investigations and intelligence specialist for Pinkerton Comprehensive Risk Management and as a research intern for the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Follow Ethan on Twitter @EthanJewell

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North Korea’s improved cyber capabilities threaten financial institutions: FBI

North Korea’s improved cyber capabilities threaten financial institutions: FBI

FBI chief describes 'growing' cyber espionage threat and challenge of investigating cyberattacks to Senate committee

North Korea’s improved cyber capabilities threaten financial institutions: FBI
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 23, 2021
Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho
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Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho

Their appearance suggests DPRK’s oil trade is ramping up, including by illicit means, amid low official imports

Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 23, 2021
North Korean company may have acquired superalloy used in nukes, missiles: PoE
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North Korean company may have acquired superalloy used in nukes, missiles: PoE

Lack of manufacturing capacity and dated machine tech mean North Korea must import certain kinds of steel, expert says

North Korean company may have acquired superalloy used in nukes, missiles: PoE
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 21, 2021
North Korea-China trade jumps 37% in August, but still far from pre-COVID levels
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North Korea-China trade jumps 37% in August, but still far from pre-COVID levels

Iron alloy tops North Korea's exports to China for first time this year, but unclear whether it falls under sanctions

North Korea-China trade jumps 37% in August, but still far from pre-COVID levels
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 20, 2021
North Korea-linked account poses as KBS scriptwriter to dupe DPRK watchers

North Korea-linked account poses as KBS scriptwriter to dupe DPRK watchers

Findings suggest a single attacker or group is behind a spate of recent phishing attacks

North Korea-linked account poses as KBS scriptwriter to dupe DPRK watchers
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Ethan Jewell | Jeongmin Kim September 14, 2021
Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities
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Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities

Firm allegedly helped DPRK acquire point of sale devices that experts say could strengthen state control over economy

Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 10, 2021
One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown
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One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown

Ships loaded with coal on the Taedong River could signal a rebound in illicit coal exports, says U.N. member state

One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 9, 2021
Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker
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Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker

UN report details complex identity swap scheme to evade sanctions using physical modifications and falsified documents

Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker
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Ethan Jewell September 6, 2021
North Korea acquires two oil tankers through Chinese brokers: UN report
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North Korea acquires two oil tankers through Chinese brokers: UN report

The acquisitions may enhance DPRK’s ability to import refined petroleum or replace aging tankers, expert says

North Korea acquires two oil tankers through Chinese brokers: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 2, 2021