Leaked U.N. report says North Korea has stolen billions of dollars in cyberattacks to...

nanoguy

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North Korea has been the center of many controversies, the latest of which is at the intersection of politics, technology, and the military. According to a report from Reuters, the country has managed to generate around $2 billion through less than legal avenues in order to fund its weapons of mass destruction program.

Those of you who follow the news are no doubt aware that North Korea is always a top suspect for almost every major cyberattack in recent history. The infamous WannaCry ransomware is a prime example -- were it not for Marcus Hutchins, the group behind the attack would have been able to squeeze as much money as they wanted out of everyone in exchange for their important personal files.

The U.N. report seen by Reuters cites several independent security researchers who have been monitoring what they call "increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income," as well as money laundering schemes for the stolen money.

The experts said there were at least 35 attacks targeting 17 countries, but there could be many more. It also appears to be the work of the same hacker groups that have been working under North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau for the last two decades.

As noted in the report, the strategy was to attack cryptocurrency exchanges and mining operations as they were less of a priority for governments, at least until recently, when tech giants such as Facebook have expressed their intentions to spawn their very own digital currency called Libra.

The obvious outcome is that North Korea will be slapped with several new sanctions to discourage it from using hackers to fund its military programs, but if history is any indication, the country will find new ways to stay ahead of investigators. As for the nuclear project, the U.N. says Pyongyang "continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although it did not conduct a nuclear test or ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) launch."

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David Belkin

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If mainstream media is to be believed, N. Korea, China, Russia and Iran are the ONLY rogue countries in the world. US, UK, Israel, Saudi and the rest are all peace loving and peace spreading nations.
 
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Knot Schure

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If mainstream media is to be believed, N. Korea, China, Russia and Iran are the ONLY rogue countries in the world. US, UK, Israel, Saudi and the rest are all peace loving and peace spreading nations.
Had you left Saudi (worst place I've ever worked) out of that second list, you would have been factually correct.
 

brucek

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I'm going to hope the ridiculous comments here are from paid North Korea astroturfers. Which is yet one more reason to never pay these ransoms.
 

JaredTheDragon

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I'm going to hope the ridiculous comments here are from paid North Korea astroturfers. Which is yet one more reason to never pay these ransoms.
So you're saying that Wikipedia is ran by North Korean hackers or something? Sounds like another nutjob conspiracy theory.
 

brucek

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I didn't need to read the Wikipedia article to know that the US nuclear arsenal is not fake, nor that "looting $9,300B" is not the appropriate term for how it was financed (unless you're calling taxation looting, for which I'd give you a momentary playful chuckle.)

If there was ever a moment in time where the Wikipedia article ever actually said that, then yes it was an inaccurate edit that was not yet corrected.
 

JaredTheDragon

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I didn't need to read the Wikipedia article to know that the US nuclear arsenal is not fake, nor that "looting $9,300B" is not the appropriate term for how it was financed (unless you're calling taxation looting, for which I'd give you a momentary playful chuckle.)

If there was ever a moment in time where the Wikipedia article ever actually said that, then yes it was an inaccurate edit that was not yet corrected.
So what you're saying to us is that you think Wikipedia has been hijacked by conspiracy theorists like yourself and that they're covering up the largest financial fraud against the American citizens in history?

And you're saying this without even reading the article that points out the fraud you're claiming? You're telling us that North Korean agents or assets write the Wikipedia articles, now, as well?
 

brucek

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No, I'm saying you must be misrepresenting the contents of the Wikipedia article.

Please explain how the article supports your allegation that the US Nuclear Arsenal is fake. For bonus points you could also point out which of the many photos and accounts of Hiroshima are faked, how that fake event was able to end World War II, and also maybe why other countries with sophisticated intelligence capabilities continue to this day to take the US nuclear threat seriously, despite the information on it being fake right there on Wikipedia.
 

brucek

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OK, I humored you and scanned the article. It appears to me to describe a very real nuclear arsenal and if there's even a single sentence about any other country considering it to be fake, I didn't see it. In fact I used my browser's find function to search for the word "fake" and got zero matches. So what the heck are you talking about?
 

JaredTheDragon

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No, I'm saying you must be misrepresenting the contents of the Wikipedia article.

Please explain how the article supports your allegation that the US Nuclear Arsenal is fake. For bonus points you could also point out which of the many photos and accounts of Hiroshima are faked, how that fake event was able to end World War II, and also maybe why other countries with sophisticated intelligence capabilities continue to this day to take the US nuclear threat seriously, despite the information on it being fake right there on Wikipedia.
The article does not support my allegation and I never said it did. Only intelligent people with any real, fundamental knowledge of physics support my allegation, nothing in the mainstream would even attempt to nullify its own ridiculous story. They looted that much money right under your American noses.

For the bonus points ALL of the nuclear detonation and test photos and videos were faked. Lookout Mountain is where it was done, which is of course Hollywood. The other "countries" are in on the sham already, since they are of course owned by the same bankster Tyrants that your country 'tis of thee is owned by. You yourself have never even considered this possibility, that the Cold War was an outright fraud, because you yourself are not forensic enough, skeptical enough, or interested in the truth enough. That's on you.

"Sophisticated intelligence abilities"? How ironic.
 

brucek

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OK, I'm convinced. You're definitely not a North Korean astroturfer. They'd try harder to be at least a little bit believable.
 

JaredTheDragon

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OK, I'm convinced. You're definitely not a North Korean astroturfer. They'd try harder to be at least a little bit believable.
"Sophisticated intelligence abilities"

I'm South Korean, sir. Where I come from, we think with our brains and not with our mainstream media.
 

brucek

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Still waiting to hear how a fake video convinced Japan to surrender a war it was fighting bitterly, and how in all the years after no one noticed that Hiroshima wasn't actually nuked. Or maybe you're going to tell us that all of World War II was also a mainstream media fake?