12 Sep 2019

China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday. Wang expressed hope that

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10 Sep 2019

North Korea says it will resume talks but adds pressure with new launches

North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui On Tuesday said that his country is open to having “comprehensive discussions” with the United States later this month, adding that Washington should adopt a new approach if it wants the talks to be constructive. However, hours after Choe’s statement, Pyongyang conducted

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10 Sep 2019

US Cyber Command Adds North Korean Malware Samples to VirusTotal

US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) this week shared 11 malware samples linked to the notorious North Korean state-backed APT known as Lazarus group or Hidden Cobra, by uploading the samples to malware analysis platform VirusTotal. All of the samples target Windows systems and many of them have been regularly detected by

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04 Sep 2019

North Korea Denies Making $2bn from Cyber-Attacks

North Korea has denied a recent United Nations report stating that the country has used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal around $2 billion from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. According to the UN, Pyongyang has used these funds to pursue the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

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29 Aug 2019

North Korean state hackers target retired diplomats and military officials

New research by IssueMakersLab has identified a unique state-sponsored threat campaign targeting retired South Korean government and military officials. Between July and August of this year, hackers linked to the North Korean regime sent spear phishing emails to the accounts of former officials. The emails contained malicious links that redirected

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22 Aug 2019

N Korea: No nuclear talks if US ‘hostile military moves’ continue

North Korea has “no interest” in new talks about its nuclear program if the US doesn’t stop “escalating hostile military moves,” a spokesperson for the regime said on Thursday. The announcement coincides with a trip by US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun to South Korea. Biegun had expressed

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22 Aug 2019

South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

In the midst of rising diplomatic tensions between South Korea and Japan, the South Korean government on Thursday announced that it will cancel a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. The move could undermine both countries’ efforts to monitor North Korea’s missile activity and thereby frustrate the US government, which had

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16 Aug 2019

North Korea fires two more ballistic missiles as it vows to end talks with ‘impudent’ South Korea

On Friday, North Korea carried out yet another missile test, South Korean officials stated. The test involved the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles. South Korea said that it was analyzing the activity together with US intelligence experts, adding that “the South Korean military is closely monitoring military movements and

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14 Aug 2019

Deploying new US missiles would be ‘reckless act’: North Korean media

North Korea on Wednesday responded to recent comments by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the possibility of deploying ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, by warning that placing such missiles in South Korea would be “a reckless act of escalating regional tension, an act that may spark off a new

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13 Aug 2019

UN Probing 35 North Korean Cyberattacks in 17 Countries

The United Nations (UN) is investigating at least 35 cyberattacks in 17 countries that are believed to be the work of hackers working for the North Korean government, an extended version of a recent UN report shows. A summary of the report released last week mentioned that Pyongyang has used

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