back to article NORKS hacker corps reaches 5,900 sworn cyber soldiers - report

North Korea has doubled the number of government hackers it employed over the last two years according to military sources from the South. The allegations claim 5900 "elite" personnel were employed in Pyongyang's hacking unit, up from 3000 in 2012. The hackers had their crosshairs firmly fixed on Seoul but operate from …

  1. jake Silver badge

    Out of curiosity ...

    ... Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?

    Honestly, I feel sorry for the people, but stop giving the dictator press.

    1. Ole Juul

      Re: Out of curiosity ...

      It's not the nation, nor the dictator, it's the hacking. Lots of it. Who knows, maybe they'll be good at it and be so successful that it will finally inspire people to secure their computers. Perhaps OS vendors will even improve their products in response.

    2. Suricou Raven

      Re: Out of curiosity ...

      1. Because no matter how much spying your government is doing, no matter how brutal your police or how corrupt your politicians, you can point to NK and claim 'See, we're not a police state like them!'

      2. Everyone likes a villain they can oppose, and NK is practically a caricature of villainy.

      3. Because they are constantly threatening war - they've declared war on the US twice this year. One day they might actually follow through, and then we all get an entertaining show.

      1. Midnight

        Re: Out of curiosity ...

        "3. Because they are constantly threatening war - they've declared war on the US twice this year. One day they might actually follow through, and then we all get an entertaining show."

        We already have an entertaining show about that, with Peter Sellers and a pre-Dr. Who William Hartnell. Perhaps it should be come with a disclaimer about being for entertainment purposes only.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/

      2. Tom Samplonius

        Re: Out of curiosity ...

        "3. Because they are constantly threatening war - they've declared war on the US twice this year. One day they might actually follow through, and then we all get an entertaining show."

        More correctly, they've threatened to start fighting. An armistice was signed in 1953, which is just an agreement to stop fighting. North Korea and the US have been in a state of war since 1950, as no peace treaty has ever been agreed to.

    3. GitMeMyShootinIrons

      Re: Out of curiosity ...

      " Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?"

      Probably because in its own way, North Korea is good for comedy value. This, of course, means its fair game for Vulture Central.

    4. Fungus Bob
      Coat

      Re: Out of curiosity ...

      "Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?"

      Because of their Innovative, New DOS viruses.

  2. Dr Paul Taylor

    Evolutionarily good

    One might hope that this will result in some toughening up of operating systems and improved virus detection software from South Korean sources.

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