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North Korea uses AI for hacking attacks: Seoul

Seoul, Jan 24 (EFE).- North Korea uses Artificial Intelligence for its hacking attacks and illegal activities on the Internet, South Korea’s intelligence agency said Wednesday.

“Recently, it has been confirmed that North Korean hackers use generative AI to search for hacking targets and technologies necessary for hacking,” an official from the South Korean National Intelligence Service said in statements reported by local news agency Yonhap.

The agency said an average of 1.62 million hacking attempts were made in South Korea’s public sector last year, up 36 percent from 2022, with 80 percent carried out by the North and 5 percent by China, the source said.

Among Pyongyang’s targets were Seoul’s agricultural and fishing agencies, whose information was allegedly used to try to resolve the food crisis plaguing North Korea, as well as shipbuilding companies and defense services.

North Korea is also suspected of using its workers from technology companies abroad to insert malicious code into software programs developed by these companies to steal cryptocurrency, the agency said. EFE

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