The most successful North Korean computing students have completed their training with Professor Kim Heung-Kwang, and now are members of the Bureau 121. They are Kim Jong-un’s cyber-warriors.
Kim Heung-Kwang says that the cyber-army has the knowledge and the power to kill people and destroy cities.
North Korean cyber-agency gathers about 6,000 computing experts, and as Kim Heung-Kwang stated, their attack could be equally dangerous as traditional military attacks. In order to prove its cyber-power, North Korea has already performed attacks against other countries.
Professor Kim, who taught at Hamheung Computer Technology University, is convinced that hackers are now working on the development of malware based on the “Stuxnet” attack on Iranian nuclear centrifuges.
There are indication that North Korea puts about 20 percent of its military budget into the online activities.
The North Korean government denied its participation in the attack against Sony Pictures that happened last year, although it expressed its high opinion about this act. This last year’s event caused delay of the release of the movie The Interview, in which two journalists are instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after an interview with him.
Previous North Korean attacks aimed at South Korean infrastructure which is why Seoul is convinced that North Korea is responsible for the attack on hydro and nuclear power plant earlier this year.
Additionally, the American research institute noticed on satellite images that there is a new construction at North Korea’s main rocket launch site. Even though North Korea doesn’t have permission from the UN Security Council to launch rockets, Kim stated that his country never stopped working on its space program.
The first rocket from the Sohae launching site was launched into space in December 2012, and as Pyongyang claims, no harmful actions were performed from there.
In Seoul on Wednesday, nuclear representatives of South Korea, the US and Japan strongly advised Pyongyang to take part in serious discussions about its nuclear weapons.