North Korea Slams Israel as a Rogue ‘Nuclear Threat’ | The National Interest Blog

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed the “shamelessness of Israel” on Friday, calling the Jewish State a “rogue group” that “poses a nuclear threat” and commits “terrorist attack[s]” against neighboring countries.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/north-korea-slams-israel-rogue-nuclear-threat-12118

Pot calling the kettle black??!!

Smh…

NORAD: Santa Travels to North Korea to Deliver Presents

(Today is THE day for news huh??)

NORAD does not dictate Santa’s route, military officials have repeatedly said, but tracks him wherever he goes. NORAD officials, who every year craft an elaborate website that purports to track the “jolly old elf,” said Santa travels wherever children believe in him. Earlier, NORAD said its Santa Tracker cyberdefenses are prepared to handle any potential attack, including from North Korea.

Wait what?

 NORAD said its Santa Tracker cyberdefenses are prepared to handle any potential attack, including from North Korea

Right….after the whole Sony/Nuclear Plant Hack media fiasco, just what kind of ‘presents’ is he actually delivering to North Korea huh?!

South Korea official says cannot rule out North’s hand in hack of nuclear operator

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP), which runs South Korea’s 23 nuclear power reactors, said on Monday that its computer systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen. Operations were not at risk, it said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/23/us-southkorea-cybersecurity-usa-idUSKBN0K100D20141223

Of course, you can’t rule our Ethiopia, Lithuania or Zimbabwe either….. :/

#North Korea Under Cyber Attack!

It seems that the meager Internet resources from the ‘noisy boys up North’ have been crippled by 2 days of continous attacks.

North Korea accuses U.S. of cyber attacks on its Internet servers

(Edit: of course they do!  Not saying they are wrong but this is kinda stating the obvious)

Given how little they use the Internet, is this really going to make much a difference?  I mean seriously, this would be like someone staging continuous drain on buying up all the CB radios.  No one really cares and in the long run, it really doesn’t affect much as far as infrastructure goes.  This will just piss them off, and give them more reason to do something stupid because that’s the only way this little standoff will even go anywhere.

North Korean students attend a rally held to show their willingness to enlist in the army March 14, 2013 in this picture released by the North’s official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 15, 2013.

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North Korea accuses U.S. of cyber attacks on its Internet servers

JACK KIM

Published Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 07:58AM EDT

Last updated Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 08:00AM EDT

North Korea, usually blamed for hacking others, has accused the United States of staging cyber attacks against its Internet servers after reports of disruptions to its main news services, the latest twist from an increasingly bellicose North.

Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency said a “powerful hacker attack” from abroad had brought down Internet servers inside the North, disabling access to some websites.

The accusation comes at a time of increased tension between reclusive North Korea and South Korea, along with the South’s ally the United States.

The North has threatened a nuclear war with the United States in response to new United Nations sanctions over its latest nuclear test and to strike back at the South and the United States during military drills they are staging.

South Korea’s MBC television said the North’s state media services were among those affected by the cyber attack.

These included the websites of the KCNA news agency and the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which were said to be experiencing disruptions even though they were operating normally on Thursday and Friday.

“It is nobody’s secret that the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime are massively bolstering up cyber forces in a bid to intensify the subversive activities and sabotages against the DPRK,” KCNA said on Friday.

“Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on Internet servers operated by the DPRK,” it said.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, is the North’s official name.

KCNA and Rodong Sinmun have carried the North’s increasingly strident rhetoric of late, accusing the United States and South Korea of staging preparations for war and vowing to scrap the armistice that stopped fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The North has also threatened to use nuclear weapons against what it called hostile forces.

North Korea in turn has been blamed for spreading malicious software that crashed the websites of government agencies and businesses, and for a cyber attack on a South Korean state-run bank server in 2011 that took more than a week to restore.

North Korea denies charges of cyber attacks and accuses the South of a conspiracy to fuel confrontation, although defectors from the North have warned that Pyongyang was recruiting thousands of computer engineers to its cyber warfare unit.

Military experts said cyber warfare was a major threat from North Korea, along with its conventional forces and its weapons of mass destruction program, that posed a security risk to utilities and communications networks in the South.

North Korea also has been accused of jamming global positioning system signals affecting hundreds of flights at South Korea’s main airport.

Earlier this week, U.S. spy agencies said for the first time that cyber attacks and cyber espionage had supplanted terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States.

The United States and China also are embroiled in a row over cyber warfare, with U.S. President Barack Obama calling his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss the issue this week.

© 2013 The Globe and Mail Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nulcear North Korea

So, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test apparently.  Another ho-hum day in Seoul for everyone else.

In the absence of any real leverage, Washington and its allies are left warning Beijing that if it does not keep North Korea out of the nuclear club, it risks an arms race in its own neighborhood.

This is from the New York Times article.

I am slightly divided over the right of North Korea to do what it wants so long as they are not harming anyone.  In this case, I refer to people outside of their country.  So far, they have done no wrong to another country(skirmishes aside).

Let me tell you how this game is payed. Earlier this week a “war of words” began.

“The US and enemies, based on their own hypothesis and arguments, jumped to the conclusion that we would stage a third nuclear test,” said the editorial.

– source rt.com

Note that this seeming denial statement merely points to someone else guessing what North Korea was about to do. They did not say they weren’t going to do it.

Besides that little tidbit, the South Korean military had their own statement.

“If [the North] shows a clear intent to use a nuclear weapon, it is better to get rid of it and go to war, rather than being attacked,” said the general, addressing the Joint Chiefs. He added that ”a pre-emptive attack against the North trying to use nuclear weapons does not require consultation with the United States and it is the right of self-defense.”

So….what? Everyone is posturing in the name of “self defense” but really just use that as some sort of excuse to throw around their ego? On one hand, I can appreciate the fact that North Korea wants too stay out of US control and financial ruin. On the other hand, of the people are truly suffering, the whole world has a responsibility to ensure that its inhabitants have the means to survive, if not thrive. Sadly, I feel that our current efforts are misguided and will eventually fail. Perhaps it is time for a change huh?

Ok, back to the topic at hand. Not much has changed. There have been no pre-emptive strikes. Although do you need to detonate a nuclear device to research energy for your country? No, but hey, what do I know?

Next I expect to read that China is finally taking a few stern measures against the little upstart country or that the US “suddenly discovers a reason to invade” and then things will be ugly for awhile. Maybe you’ll see a re-enactment of the middle East, maybe not. In either case, I’m glad I am moving further south to get some distance from this crap.