09 Apr 2021

Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

Kim Jong-un gave a speech to the public at a party conference earlier this week, during which he told North Koreans to prepare for hard times ahead. He likened the current situation to the devastating 1990s famine, which is estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of North Koreans. North

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02 Apr 2021

North Korean hackers are targeting researchers through fake offensive security firm

A North Korean hacking group has created a fake offensive security firm. For strategic context on the meaning of this activity and what business leaders should do about it see: C-Suite Considerations Regarding Current Geopolitical Tensions The actors are believed to be state sponsored by North Korea’s ruling party and

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25 Mar 2021

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles for First Time in Nearly a Year, U.S. and Japan Say

On Thursday, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off of its east coast. This marks the first time the country has performed an exercise with ballistic missiles in almost a year, according to the US and Japanese governments. The move shows Kim Jong Un’s frustrations with the Biden administration and

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23 Mar 2021

Alleged North Korean Operative Makes First U.S. Court Appearance

On Monday, alleged North Korean intelligence operative Mun Chol Myong appeared in federal court in Washington. Myong faces charges of laundering funds for North Korea to evade US and UN sanctions. Myong’s trial marks the first prosecution of its kind as relations between the Biden administration and North Korea struggle.

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16 Mar 2021

U.S. Outreach to North Korea Has Gone Unanswered, White House Says

According to a White House press release on Monday, the Biden administration previously reached out to North Korea, seeking to open conversations regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The administration has not received a response, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. The communication attempt follows recent

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03 Mar 2021

New satellite images reveal North Korea took recent steps to conceal nuclear weapons site

New satellite imagery allegedly reveals that North Korea has taken steps to conceal a military facility likely holding nuclear weapons. The images prove that the changes were made in recent months, a move that adds to the growing sense of urgency over unclear policies set forth by the Biden administration

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18 Feb 2021

U.S. Charges 3 North Korean Hackers Over $1.3 Billion Cryptocurrency Heist

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice indicted three North Korean hackers for their role in conspiring to steal and extort cryptocurrencies. The men, Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il, and Park Jin Hyok, were allegedly planning to steal $1.3 billion in cash from different financial institutions and businesses. The DoJ

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17 Feb 2021

North Korea Allegedly Targets Pfizer to Steal COVID19 Vaccine Data

According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, North Korean state-sponsored hackers are attempting to steal Covid-19 vaccination data by hacking the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. It is unclear whether any data has been stolen at this time, however, Pfizer is a high-profile target in terms of Covid-19 vaccination data and

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16 Feb 2021

North Korean man caught by South after crossing border

South Korea has caught a North Korean man who crossed through a heavily fortified zone between the two countries filled with land mines, barbed wire, and other measures to prevent people from passing between the two countries. South Korea is now allegedly investigating whether the man tried to defect. The

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11 Feb 2021

UN Links North Korea to $281m Crypto Exchange Heist

Last September, the KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange experienced a cyberattack in which hundreds of millions of dollars in digital money was stolen. The United Nations recently released a report strongly suggesting that North Korean actors were behind the cyberattack, claiming that investigators had revealed the identifies of the attackers. Although this

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