The REAL threat from North Korea: Why cyber attacks are Kim’s PERFECT WEAPON

Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

EXCLUSIVE: NORTH Korea is more than capable of carrying out cyber security attacks and governments need to protect themselves, a top security expert has warned.

Sat, Nov 25, 2017

he claims comes after the FBI and Homeland Security announced Pyongyang hackers are behind a malware attack known as FALLCHILL, which targeted the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries.

This is just the latest hack blamed on the hermit kingdom after North Koreans have also been blamed for cyberattacks on media companies like Sony and the UK’s Channel Four, international banks and the infamous WannaCry ransomware that shut down the NHS last spring.

Although the mysterious country is well known for its antiquated internet systems, this does not mean they cannot launch an attack.

Edward Whittingham, former police officer, qualified solicitor, and founder of the Business Fraud Prevention Partnership (BFPP) said: “Cyber attacks are easier to launch than people often appreciate and, to an extent, these types of attacks could be considered the perfect weapon as an alternative to military attacks.

“As a small state, particularly as isolated as North Korea currently is, a cyber attack provides North Korea with a genuine option to cause significant damage, with much less chance of public or military reprisal than if they were to launch a missile, for example.

“Given what we saw occur with Wannacry, it is fair to assume that North Korea is more than capable of launching a serious cyber attack but there are many reasons why this occurred and so many nations are now capable of similar attacks, should they wish to do so.”

And in times of rising tensions between the US and North Korea, cyber attacks could be the perfect weapon for the dictator.

Mr Whittingham added: “Clearly, as cyber-attacks carry a much lower risk than any physical military action, which will definitely be something North Korea is aware of.

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