So less than two weeks after Obama was blown away by how underdeveloped and technologically inferior the N. Koreans are, suddenly they are the most sophisticated hackers in the world? No propaganda here, no sirree.
North Korea has added sophisticated cyber attack capabilities to its arsenal of threatening weapons and this year is rife with opportunities for military provocations from Pyongyang, senior U.S. defense officials said on Wednesday.
The officials told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee that North Korea’s large conventional military, nuclear weapons programs, ballistic missiles and newer capabilities in cyber warfare were all threats to the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
Army Gen. James Thurman, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told the panel that a skilled team of hackers was the newest addition to North Korea’s arsenal of weapons that also includes chemical and biological weapons.
“Such attacks are ideal for North Korea, providing the regime a means to attack South Korean and U.S. interests without attribution, and have been increasingly employed against a variety of targets including military, governmental, educational and commercial institutions,” he said in prepared comments.