February 06, 2023

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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 trade with China in Q4 hits three-year pandemic high

North Korea’s trade with China in Q4 hits three-year pandemic high

Strong imports in December help push quarterly trade to $370M, indicating less concern about COVID and inbound goods

North Korea’s trade with China in Q4 hits three-year pandemic high
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Ethan Jewell January 19, 2023
North Korea moves millions in crypto as it looks to cash out stolen funds
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North Korea moves millions in crypto as it looks to cash out stolen funds

Expert says hackers will still need to convert gains to cash after transfer of funds linked to Horizon Bridge heist

North Korea moves millions in crypto as it looks to cash out stolen funds
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 17, 2023
PWNED: How North Korea could exploit critical flaws in ship-tracking tech
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PWNED: How North Korea could exploit critical flaws in ship-tracking tech

Anyone can conjure ships from thin air with just a laptop, antenna and free software, frustrating sanctions enforcement

PWNED: How North Korea could exploit critical flaws in ship-tracking tech
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 11, 2023
Judge raises legal avenue to stop extradition of man who raided DPRK Embassy

Judge raises legal avenue to stop extradition of man who raided DPRK Embassy

Lack of formal end to Korean War means Christopher Ahn’s actions may not have been crime in US, district judge suggests

Judge raises legal avenue to stop extradition of man who raided DPRK Embassy
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Ethan Jewell January 11, 2023
40+ launches, 174K ethereum, 168* COVID cases: North Korea’s 2022 by the numbers
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40+ launches, 174K ethereum, 168* COVID cases: North Korea’s 2022 by the numbers

Data tells story of a record year of DPRK missile tests and crypto theft, as the virus finally breached border controls

40+ launches, 174K ethereum, 168* COVID cases: North Korea’s 2022 by the numbers
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 30, 2022
Suspected North Korean hackers deploy corrupt Android app in attack on reporter
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Suspected North Korean hackers deploy corrupt Android app in attack on reporter

Researchers say powerful malware comes disguised as fake app, highlighting overlap with past DPRK cyber campaigns

Suspected North Korean hackers deploy corrupt Android app in attack on reporter
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 30, 2022
North Korean hackers deploy new trick to stop Windows from identifying malware
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North Korean hackers deploy new trick to stop Windows from identifying malware

BlueNoroff threat group linked to DPRK has used technique in ongoing campaign targeting foreign firms, researchers say

North Korean hackers deploy new trick to stop Windows from identifying malware
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 28, 2022
North Korean phishing attack targets hundreds of ROK experts: Seoul police
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North Korean phishing attack targets hundreds of ROK experts: Seoul police

Authorities say monthslong campaign stole some 50 email logins and impersonated secretary of high-level defector

North Korean phishing attack targets hundreds of ROK experts: Seoul police
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Ethan Jewell December 26, 2022
US earmarks $40M for radio broadcasts into North Korea in honor of Otto Warmbier

US earmarks $40M for radio broadcasts into North Korea in honor of Otto Warmbier

New law authorizes funding through 2027 and requires Biden to submit strategy for combating DPRK censorship next year

US earmarks $40M for radio broadcasts into North Korea in honor of Otto Warmbier
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 26, 2022
Sudden appearance of new North Korean ship points to identify-spoofing scheme
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Sudden appearance of new North Korean ship points to identify-spoofing scheme

Fake identifiers link vessel to Thae Song 8, a cargo ship tied to coal smuggling that may be seeking to evade sanctions

Sudden appearance of new North Korean ship points to identify-spoofing scheme
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 16, 2022
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