Why North Korea’s cybercrime could kill prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough
Cryptocurrency theft has become a lifeline for Pyongyang's broken economy that could quickly derail future negotiations
While reconnected hotlines, missed calls and military drills are dominating inter-Korean diplomacy, it’s easy to miss a major but rarely discussed roadblock to any future negotiations with North Korea: hacking.
Within only a few years, cyber theft has become a crucial pillar of the DPRK’s malfunctioning economy. North Korean hackers have likely stolen billions of dollars in cryptocurrencies and cash, with nearly $2 billion snatched up by a single group of cybercriminals.
According to the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), North Korea has targeted more than 30 countries with cyber campaigns aiming
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