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[] Cyberwar-Pläne in Nordkorea?,
Far Eastern Economic Review, 25.10.2001

		 North Korea

                                 By John Larkin
                           Issue cover-dated October 25, 2001

                 Squint and you could be in Silicon Valley, almost. The
                 gleaming facade of the Korea Computer Centre in
                 Pyongyang is at the vanguard of North Korea's efforts
                 to become a software powerhouse. Its engineers churn
                 out surprisingly sophisticated software, that is if you
                 want instruction on North Korean cuisine or traditional
                 Korean board games. 

                 North Korea's decision to plunge into the information
                 age has prompted a pilgrimage of South Korean tech
                 entrepreneurs to Pyongyang seeking joint ventures. But
                 is there something more sinister going on in the bowels
                 of the KCC and other colleges where elite students
                 study Dear Leader Kim Jong Il's latest obsession?

                 In recent months South Korean media have been
                 humming with reports that the KCC is nothing less than
                 the command centre for Pyongyang's cyberwarfare
                 industry, masquerading as an innocuous, computer
                 geek-filled software-research facility.

                 A blend of hearsay and circumstantial
                 evidence--standard when trying to decipher
                 Pyongyang's real intentions on just about
                 anything--suggests to many observers that Kim Jong Il
                 is up to no good. In a martial state where even trees
                 can be designated military heroes (for ensnaring
                 attacking aircraft during the Korean War), it's
                 to believe the dictator hasn't grasped the benefits of
                 attacking enemy defences with hackers and viruses.

                 The KCC is headed by Kim Jong Il's son, Kim Jong
                 Nam, who just happens to work at the North's
                 intelligence service, the State Security Agency. Kim is
                 being groomed to succeed his father, and is known
                 officially as chairman of the country's Computer

                 In May Seoul's The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported
                 that Kim had shifted the SSA's overseas
                 intelligence-gathering unit, which works by hacking and
                 monitoring foreign communications, into the KCC
                 building. Moreover, Pyongyang technical colleges are
                 believed to produce around 100 computer-science
                 graduates a year, who may double as professional
                 hackers. "There's no evidence, but I think it's a big
                 problem," says Nam Kil Hyun, an expert in
                 cyberwarfare at Seoul's National Defence College.
                 "We believe some hackers in Japan may work for
                 North Korea."

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