Will hacking activity increase from North Korea today?
North Korea, in its normal aggressive rhetoric claimed Monday that they would “Blow Up” the US and S. Korea. Why the drastic threat? Today, the United States and South Korea have kicked off 11 days of joint military exercises. According to a Fox News article, N. Korea has placed all of its soldiers and reservists on high alert to “mercilessly crush the aggressors” if they enter North Korea. Pyongyang claims that these maneuvers are a coverup for an invasion of N. Korea.
Okay, knowing Pyongyang, and his usual threats, he is not going to blow up the US today. But, as we have seen recently from other countries, we will most likely see a spike in cyber activity from N. Korea. When Google threatened to pull out of China and the Dalai Lama visited the United States, we saw a marked increase of hacking attempts from Chinese hackers.
Call it Hacktivism or Political Cyber War, the results are the same. Countries that do not want to engage the United States in a physical contest are using cyber war to protest choices that we are making. So if this trend continues, we should see an increase in penetration attempts or attacks from N. Korea in the next 11 days.
*UPDATE – See ” North Korean Hacker Activity and New “Red Star” Operating System“