Cyber-attacks add to North Korean arsenal

March 18, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Technology
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via Asia Times

Military history is full of breakthroughs in technology that render existing forces obsolete and turn the global balance of power. While the overwhelming dominance of the United States armed forces in this day and age makes it difficult to imagine how anything could possibly alter the dynamic of military power, even the American military has areas of overdependence that could be exploited.

The discovery of the computer worm “Stuxnet” last July gave the international community a glimpse of what the future of warfare might look like. While the “Stuxnet” attack on Iranian uranium-enrichment facilities may have been the most audacious attempt to undermine a state asset, the use computer worms to disrupt the enemy has been in development and practice for decades in other countries, including North Korea.

Given its singular focus on security, North Korea has always been interested in engaging in asymmetrical warfare to balance the odds against the US defense umbrella around South Korea. Acts of sabotage and terrorism were preferred methods during the 1980s, while bargaining with nuclear weapons and missiles has been Pyongyang’s chief strategy since the 1990s. Now, the North seems invested in further utilizing cyber-warfare in an attempt to breach the increasingly expanding discrepancies in economic and defensive capabilities along the demilitarized zone that separates it from South Korea.

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