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North Korea Launches Cyber War Unit

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South Korea's Yonhap news agency is reporting that its long-term northern rival has created a technology reconnaissance team in order to collect information and disrupt South Korean and U.S. military computer networks.

The news comes on the heels of an agreement struck between South Korea and the United States, as both countries agreed to join forces to fight "cyber terrorism." According to the Ministry of National Defense, the agreement is a means to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on detecting and fighting cyber terrorism. The agreement does not, however, specify particular cyber attacks and threatening organizations.

However, according to Yonhap's source, the new North Korean team currently enlists one hundred members, all hackers, many of which are graduates of a military academy in Pyongyang. The team also supposedly has upgraded equipment and strengthened cyber warfare capabilities. Sources even report that the General Staff of North Korean People's Army actually kick-started the team years ago, and that it visits U.S. military sites more frequently than any other country.

So what's the team's primary goal? To hack into the U.S. and South Korean networks, download sensitive, classified information, and even grab combat simulations. “This unit tries to take control of South Korean and U.S. military information systems by hacking into their computer networks and taking out classified data. When necessary, they may spread computer viruses to disrupt the networks,” one of the sources told Yonhap.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service, the country's main spy agency, said it could not confirm the Yonhap report at the time of this writing. However, the country's Defense Ministry did acknowledge that Pyongyang has been training hackers over the past few years.

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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 2:23 AM
    Hmm i smeel bullshit
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    ricin , May 6, 2009 2:30 AM
    What they hell are they using? VIC-20s with 300 baud modems?
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    IzzyCraft , May 6, 2009 2:30 AM
    Fight...commit ehh
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    crisisavatar , May 6, 2009 3:11 AM
    hack them back ?
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    dragonfang18 , May 6, 2009 3:14 AM
    I was just watching this on youtube too!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6ixGYzbLz0
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    dragonfang18 , May 6, 2009 3:15 AM
    You think this has relation to China's hacking of the US gov't.
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    Pyroflea , May 6, 2009 4:13 AM
    Because the US Military obviously has all their vital data stored on computers connected to the network. Any idiot would be smart enough to have it disconnected.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , May 6, 2009 4:28 AM
    taraveHmm i smeel bullshit

    I smeel mainly.
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    truehighroller , May 6, 2009 5:07 AM
    We just got our shiat hacked the other week man. They are saying it came from China (the hackers).
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    truehighroller , May 6, 2009 5:09 AM
    I liked the video as well there dragonfang. I just watched all of them, very interesting stuff. Their leader is definitely psycho.
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    resonance451 , May 6, 2009 9:02 AM
    I think we've just learned that North Korea is genius for its moves and will definitely better its place in the world.

    /smirk
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    randomizer , May 6, 2009 10:28 AM
    PyrofleaAny idiot would be smart enough to have it disconnected.

    Never doubt the stupidity of humans. That would be stupid.
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    zipzoomflyhigh , May 6, 2009 11:33 AM
    Great, wonder how many people will have to starve to pay for this.
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    Tindytim , May 6, 2009 11:57 AM
    Quote:
    “This unit tries to take control of South Korean and U.S. military information systems by hacking into their computer networks and taking out classified data. When necessary, they may spread computer viruses to disrupt the networks,” one of the sources told Yonhap.

    Genius!
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 12:14 PM
    IMHO this is gov't propaganda to further the internet "kill-switch" bill.
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    puddleglum , May 6, 2009 12:47 PM
    izzycraftFight...commit ehh

    I didn't think they were that modern. I thought they were just coming up to speed on punchcards and papertape.
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    spellbinder2050 , May 6, 2009 1:14 PM
    US PROPAGANDA
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    Grims , May 6, 2009 1:40 PM
    spellbinder2050US PROPAGANDA


    dude they have nukes n everything!
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    fuser , May 6, 2009 1:50 PM
    I guess trying to hack computers is cheaper than trying to launch rockets.
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    Parrdacc , May 6, 2009 2:03 PM
    I would not put it past them to try. As for their technology and know how that begs question. However they do have nuclear capabilities so I guess it is possiable. Not to discredit them, ok well maybe a little, I do not think they are going to be as well versed as "hackers" from other countries.
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