Hacking warning: Kim Jong-un’s henchmen to step up cyber attacks and target City of London

Sunday, October 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

NORTH Korean hackers will target British banks to help fund Kim Jong-un’s cash-strapped regime, a former spymaster has warned.

Sun, Oct 1, 2017

Robert Hannigan said cyber experts under orders from the desperate dictator are “after our money” – and are becoming more aggressive in their attempts.

Kim’s oppressive regime is ploughing cash into its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, but North Korea’s already weak economy has been hit hard by sanctions.

Mr Hannigan, who headed GCHQ for three years, said hackers from the hermit state were not as sophisticated as those in the West but “are getting there”.

He cited the WannaCry ransomware – which caused chaos when it crippled NHS systems in May and was linked to the North Korean regime – as an example of their capabilities.

Mr Hannigan told The Sunday Times: “Their missiles are not going to reach the UK but their cyber attacks did reach the NHS and other parts of Europe.

“As sanctions bite further and North Korea becomes more desperate for foreign currency, they will get more aggressive and continue to come after the finance sector.

“They’re after our money.

“Its attacks can be launched from outside the country by outsourcing to criminal groups.

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