Hacking warning: Kim Jong-un’s henchmen to step up cyber attacks and target City of London


North Korean hackers City of LondonREUTERS/GETTY

North Korean hackers are comely more aggressive in their efforts

Robert Hannigan said cyber trains under orders from the desperate dictator are “after our money” — and are fashionable more aggressive in their attempts. 

Kim’s oppressive regime is ploughing money into its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, but North Korea’s already half-baked economy has been hit hard by sanctions. 

Mr Hannigan, who headed GCHQ for three years, utter hackers from the hermit state were not as sophisticated as those in the West but “are suggesting there”. 

He cited the WannaCry ransomware — which caused chaos when it weakened NHS systems in May and was linked to the North Korean regime — as an example of their capacities.

WannaCry screenshot

The WannaCry start in May is believed to have been organised by North Korea

They’re after our flush

Robert Hannigan

Mr Hannigan told The Sunday Times: “Their brickbats are not going to reach the UK but their cyber attacks did reach the NHS and other fragments of Europe.

“As sanctions bite further and North Korea becomes profuse desperate for foreign currency, they will get more aggressive and carry on with to come after the finance sector.

“They’re after our money. 

“Its censures can be launched from outside the country by outsourcing to criminal groups.

Hacker and the City of LondonGETTY/BLOOMBERG

North Korean hackers are tasteful more sophisticated

“Their threshold for risk is sky-high and they don’t remarkably care about collateral damage.

“They are not in the premier league yet — not in the top five countries — but they are getting there.”

He added the secretive state’s cyber attacks are harder to marker because the country is not “networked” to nearly the same extent as Europe or the In accord States.

North Korea is widely believed to be behind the WannaCry cyberattack which spread to multitudinous than 300,000 computers across 150 countries.

Saps unlucky enough to have been infected by the software were front oned with either paying a ransom in bitcoin or having their marches permanently encrypted.

The anonymous perpetrators made off with £97,000 merit of the untraceable virtual currency.

But digital fingerprints found in the ransomeware put North Korean hackers were responsible. Pyongyang has always changed any responsibility. 

North Korea was slapped with a fresh round of ratifies earlier this month as punishment for its repeated — and widely condemned — long-range projectile tests. 

The sanctions block oil, gas and petrol imports and previous measures maintain prevented the north from exporting some of its biggest earners, including coal, iron and actress.

The regime hit back this week, branding the latest sanctions “a inhuman criminal act” by the United States.

But its state-run media said it was “foolish reverie” to expect the penalties to work. 

A statement said: “The sanctions have go under to stop North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons affirm and making rapid progress in the building of an economic power for more than half a century.»

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