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South Korea's 'Top Gun' cyber warriors train for battle against North

Published on Mar 18, 2013 12:21 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Cheon Joon-Sahng may not look like an elite warrior, but the shy, South Korean high school student has been fully trained for a frontline role in any future cyber battle with North Korea.

Cheon, 18, was one of 60 young computer experts chosen in July from many applicants for a government programme providing specialist training in vulnerability analysis, digital forensics and cloud-computing security.

At the end of December their number was narrowed to 20 who completed a further two months survival-of-the-fittest training in cyber warfare.

Earlier this month Cheon was among six who received "Best of the Best" certificates and 20 million won (S$22,400) at a ceremony in the state-run Korea Information Technology Research Institute (KITRI) in southern Seoul.

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