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DPRK cyber specialists may steal $3bn for development of nuclear program - media

8 February, 2024 Thursday
15:25

UN sanctions monitors are investigating dozens of alleged North Korean cyberattacks. They could have stolen $3 billion to develop their nuclear weapons program

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Reuters writes this with reference to a UN report.

“The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continued to flout Security Council sanctions. It further developed nuclear weapons and produced nuclear fissile materials, although its last known nuclear test took place in 2017," wrote the monitors, who also said Pyongyang had continued ballistic missile launches, put a satellite into orbit and added a "tactical nuclear attack submarine" to its arsenal.

Instead, the commission is investigating 58 DPRK cyberattacks on cryptocurrency-related companies between 2017 and 2023. The cost is about $3 billion, which reportedly helps finance the development of the nuclear program.

"Trends include DPRK targeting of defense companies and supply chains, and increasingly sharing infrastructure and tools," according to the monitors.

  • On February 2, Kim Jong Un ordered to intensify preparations of the DPRK Navy for war.
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