27 Mar 2020

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

On Thursday, researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group announced that an unknown group of hackers used five zero-day vulnerabilities to hack North Koreans in 2019. Although many North Koreans have extremely limited access to the internet, the ones who do have been targeted by a sophisticated hacking spree that may

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16 Mar 2020

Covid19 Related Geopolitical Questions To Drive Your Strategic Planning

Over the next three months the Covid19 virus may cause dramatic changes on the international scene that will impact decision-making in government and industry. We have no special insights into what they could be, but through thirty years of close observations of national security topics we can say this, we should be prepared for surprises. The impact of surprises can be mitigated by collecting information, and that collection can be optimized by starting with good questions.

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03 Mar 2020

North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles, South Korea says

According to South Korea’s military, North Korea fired two unidentified short-range projectiles from a coastal area into waters in between the Korean Peninsula and Japan at 12:37 p.m. Korea time. The unidentified objects are estimated to have a flight distance of 240 kilometers and an altitude of 35 kilometers. According

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21 Feb 2020

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

On Friday, South Korea reported more virus cases that prompted a larger response, the creation of a “special management zone” around the southeastern city of Daegu in which the epidemic threatens to overwhelm the region’s health system. Health officials reported 52 new cases of the illness, raising the country’s overall

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19 Feb 2020

North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

North Korea has reportedly expanded its use of the internet to enable Kim Jon-un to evade American sanctions and promote new forms of cybercrime. A study that has investigated North Korea’s internet use since 2017 suggested that since America introduced “maximum pressure” sanctions to the country, North Korea’s use of

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11 Feb 2020

How North Korea’s Senior Leaders Harness the Internet

A new report published by the firm Recorded Future has illuminated how North Korea’s authorities are changing how it uses the Internet. In recent years, its use of the internet has evolved into a professional tool used by the country’s leaders to generate revenue and evade international sanctions, as well

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07 Jan 2020

US strike on Iran could have consequences in North Korea

Analysts warn that the fragile diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea could be damaged as a result of the recent US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. While the North Korean government didn’t officially denounce the strike, its national new agency reported

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02 Jan 2020

Microsoft Takes North Korean Hacking Group Thallium to Court

On December 18, Microsoft filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the North Korean cyber espionage and hacking group Thallium. The lawsuit claims that the group broke into Microsoft customers’ accounts via spear-phishing attacks with the goal of obtaining sensitive user information.

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12 Dec 2019

Analysts find connection between North Korean military and crimeware organization TrickBot

Analysts at SentinelLabs claim to have found some of the first evidence that links the crimeware organization TrickBot and Lazarus group. Lazarus group is the cyberwarfare division of the North Korean military’s Reconnaissance General Bureau. TrickBot debuted as a banking malware in the fall of 2016 and has since evolved

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09 Dec 2019

N. Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled site

On Sunday, North Korea announced that they had carried out a test at its long-range rocket site. The site was previously dismantled at the commencement of denuclearization talks with the US but has since been rebuilt by Chinese military forces.  The announcement of the missile test follows North Korea’s previous

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