Cyber Threat posed by North Korea and China to South Korea and US Forces Korea
Thanks to Mrs. Hwa-young Sin (ABD) of Seoul National University and Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges of Ewha Womans University for wonderful recommendations and sharpcritiques that contributed greatly to the improvement of this paper.
Recent cyber attacks on the US and the Republic of Korea’s government agencies, researchinstitutes, private companies, and infrastructure have created significant cause for concernamong the government officials and the computer security experts of both countries. Locatedin the heart of Northeast Asia, the proving ground for cyber-warfare (CW), computer networks ofthe United States Forces Korea (USFK) are ripe targets for the region’s CW organizations. The
Yonhap News Agency
reported on May 5
that the US military, after years of tracking whichcountries accessed them the most, has found that users inside North Korea logged onto USmilitary websites and networks most frequently. This paper explores the CW capabilities anddevelopments of North Korea and China in an effort to ascertain possible threats posed againstthe US entities and interests in the region.
cyber-warfare, CW, cyber attack, US Forces Korea, Republic of Korea, North Korea,China, hacking, hacker, cyber spy
Steve Sin is a Major in the US Army currently assigned as the Senior Analyst of Open SourceIntelligence Branch, Directorate of Intelligence, US Forces Korea. The views expressed in this paper arethose of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the US Forces Korea, theDepartment of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Government.