North Korea’s sophisticated cyberattacks signal desperation — not aspiration
Sanctions, natural disasters and COVID-19 are driving North Korea to rely on cyberwarfare for survival in 2020
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This year, North Korea has been hit by the “triple whammy” of sanctions, typhoons and COVID-19. In order to supplement its overwhelmed financial resources and to manage the ongoing crises without asking for outside help, the regime is relying on the one tool it can still wield – hacking.
Waves of domestic and international crises have driven the regime into an ever-more desperate scramble for hard currency and goods via indiscriminate cyberattacks — which have, in
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