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North Korea doubles cyber war personnel, sets up overseas bases for hacking attacks

Published on Jul 6, 2014 11:23 AM
 
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (right) inspecting the drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA) ground, naval, air and anti-air forces for landing on an island at an undisclosed place in North Korea. North Korea has doubled the number of its elite cyber warriors over the past two years and established overseas bases for hacking attacks, a report said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has doubled the number of its elite cyber warriors over the past two years and established overseas bases for hacking attacks, a report said on Sunday.

The North's cyber war unit now has 5,900 personnel, compared with 3,000 two years ago, the South's Yonhap news agency said.

"The communist country operates a hacking unit under its General Bureau of Reconnaissance, which is home to some 1,200 professional hackers," a military source was quoted as saying.

North Korean hackers have launched cyber attacks through overseas bases in countries such as China, the source said.

 
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