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