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BREAKING: DHS Says North Korea More Likely to Launch Cyber Attack than Military Strike

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There’s a lot of dangerous rhetoric coming out of North Korea, which is increasing tensions in the region, as China and the U.S. are on “guard” waiting for the “fat kid” to make his next unhinged move.

Kim Jong-un has been threatening to launch a nuclear test, in direct defiance of UN sanctions on the rogue nation.

President Trump has said if Jong-un does that, there will be hell to pay.

However, DHS Secretary John Kelly says North Korea is more likely to launch a cyber attack than a military strike.

The Washington Times reports:

North Korea is more likely to wage a cyberattack against the United States than a military strike, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

As tensions build between Pyongyang and Washington in anticipation of possible military action from either, Mr. Kelly told NBC News this week that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is more inclined to direct hackers against American cyber targets in lieu of deploying a more traditional arsenal.

“In the case of North Korea, you know, a kinetic threat against the United States right now I don’t think is likely, but certainly a cyber threat,” Mr. Kelly said in an interview slated to air Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

“So we would raise various threat levels in the event that something happened and we felt as though there were a possible threat. You always want to come down on the side of caution,” he said in a preview.

North Korea and the U.S. each have threatened military action one another in recent days amid reports the former is readying a possible nuclear test to commemorate the anniversary this weekend of the birth of its founder, Kim il-Sung.

Yet despite being largely otherwise disconnected from the outside world, U.S. officials have acknowledged the hermit kingdom is most certainly capable of compromising American computer networks, notably evidenced by the 2014 cyberattack suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment and widely attributed on North Korea.

Private researchers and U.S. government officials alike have attributed North Korean hackers with several recent high-profile security incidents including the Sony breach, but haven’t put Pyongyang’s actors in the same category as those doing the bidding for Beijing, Moscow or Washington.

Nonetheless, former President Obama’s director of national intelligence said last year that hackers from North Korea as well as Iran continue to pose problems for American networks.

“While both of these nations have lesser technical capabilities in comparison to Russia and China, these destructive attacks demonstrate that Iran and North Korea are motivated and unpredictable cyber-actors,” James Clapper said.


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