North Korea still holds an enormous amount of power in the cyberspace
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of a multimillion global leader company in data protection and storage management, told Express.co.uk that even without nuclear weapons, North Korea still holds an enormous amount of power in the cyberspace.
He said: “Today, the Republic of North Korea has one of the strongest cyber armies in the world – stronger than China’s, Israel’s, Russia’s and even the US.
“It’s also been spotted for blasting cyberattacks more frequently than any of those countries.
“It has grown its capabilities far greater than any other country previously under the regime of Kim Jong-un – I recall a testimony from a defector, stating that it now has around 1,800 specialists, some of them handpicked as RNK’s most talented computer experts.
“And naturally, they’re not exclusively based in North Korea, but reportedly placed in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia.”
Mr Beloussov added the North Korean hacking group is allegedly backed by Pyongyang so it could easily start cyber-espionage operation on multiple countries.
He said: “One such operation that was uncovered recently was GhostSecret, which stole data from 17 countries!”
Regarding the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, Mr Beloussov claimed that even though it went uninterrupted, “there were still reports of frequent cyber attacks and increased activity from several parties including North Korea” in the build-up to the event.
He noted: “From what we know from our reports there were a number of attacks prior the summit from North Korea focused on South Korea.
“You can imagine people in the army and the forces who want to please Kim Jong-un and show him they can do something.”
When asked if US President Donald Trump should have mentioned North Korea’s cyber weapons in the summit, Mr Beloussov said he wouldn’t criticise the US, as “denuclearisation is a great step”.
However, he warned that the lack of public and media attention to cyber attacks is dangerous.
“I want to point out this is not just about North Korea, but also Israel, the US, France, the UK.
“Every country has cyber-weapons.”
Serguei Beloussov is the CEO of a multimillion global leader company in data protection
There were a number of attacks prior the summit from North Korea focused on South Korea
He added: “Remember the movie Die Hard 4 with Bruce Willis?
“In the film, they hacked the subway, stopped the airport, they were threatening the banking system. The data systems were threatened, the economy collapsed and people suffered.”
The tech-mogul warned:”Die Hard might become reality.”