North Korean defector warns of skilled hackers

 
North Korean defector warns of skilled hackers
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A high-profile defector and former technology professor from North Korea warns against the regime's impact force online.

In an interview with the BBC's technology program Click, Professor Kim Heung-Kwang says that North Korea has about 6,000 specially trained military hackers.

- The size of the cyber attack-the agency has increased significantly and now has about 6,000 people, says Kim, who estimates that around 10-20 percent of North Korea's defense budget goes to the agency.

The professor believes that the North Korean military hackers now are so sophisticated that they can destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people.

For over 20 years he taught computer science at the Hamhung Data Technological University in North Korea, before he fled the country in 2004.

Kim did not teach hacking techniques, but he told the BBC that several of his former students were actively recruited into the North Korean military. Today, many of the professor's former students are part of North Korea's notorious hacker unit Bureau 121.

North Korean hackers have been accused of being behind the hacker attack on Sony Pictures in 2014, to stop the comedy "The Interview" where Kim Jong-un is portrayed as a complete nutter who cries and actually have an asshole. Watch it, it's funny.

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