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North Korea Engaged in More than 35 Hacking Attacks since December 2015, U.N. Report Says
U.N. Committee Investigating N.K. Hacking Cases
North Korea Engaged in More than 35 Hacking Attacks since December 2015, U.N. Report Says
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • August 14, 2019, 08:45
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A U.N. report says North Korea had carried out at least 35 hacking attacks against 17 countries from December 2015 to May this year to take approximately US$2 billion.

The Associated Press said based on a report from the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea that North Korea had carried out at least 35 hacking attacks against 17 countries from December 2015 to May this year to take approximately US$2 billion, those cyber hacking attacks include 10 targeting South Korea, three targeting India, two targeting Bangladesh and two targeting Chile, and the other targets are Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The committee is currently investigating the cases and the half-yearly expert panel report is expected to be adopted in early September after being read by U.N. Security Council members.

North Korea hacked the networks of NH Bank in 2011, multiple South Korean broadcasting stations and financial companies in March 2013, and the South Korean government in June 2013. The National Intelligence Service of South Korea said in March this year that the North took 36 billion won by cryptocurrency hacking targeting banks in Bangladesh, Chile, etc.

The U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea remarked in its March 2019 report that North Korean hackers stole US$10 million from a Chilean bank in May 2018 and US$13.5 million from India’s Cosmos Bank in August 2018 and the money was transferred to a North Korea-related company located in Hong Kong.