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Alleged North Korean Front Company Still Using the Same Brand Name on Social Media, Apparently

A company that the United Nations has said is a front for North Korean intelligence agencies, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), has continued its efforts to advertise sanctions-violating military hardware on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Motherboard reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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China Says Two Canadian Citizens Are Spies as Extradition of Huawei Exec Moves Forward

The Chinese government has formally accused two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, of spying and stealing “state secrets,” according to a new report in the Washington Post. The charges come on the heels of a Canadian court’s ruling on Friday that an executive for Huawei who’s been charged with fraud can be extradited from Canada to the United States. Read More >>

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Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report

The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network. Read More >>

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North Korea Brags About New ‘Ultramodern’ Weapons Test

North Korean state media announced recently that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, recently oversaw tests of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.” The new report is extremely light on details, but it’s a reminder that very little has actually changed in the US-North Korea relationship since President Donald Trump took power. Both countries have nuclear weapons and both are on a hair trigger as they develop new capabilities. Read More >>

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North Korea Pledges to Dismantle One Nuclear Site If US Takes ‘Corresponding Measures’

North Korea pledged to shut down one of its nuclear test sites in a meeting today between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. What does the North want in return? “Corresponding measures” from the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that means yet. Read More >>

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President Trump Sends North Korean Dictator a CD of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Because Our World is Just One Big Joke

President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, “rocket man.” Now, in one of the most bizarre stories we’ve heard this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a CD of Elton John’s song “Rocket Man” to the North Korean dictator today. Our world is truly beyond parody. Read More >>

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Man Building ‘Nuclear Bunker’ Under House Charged With Murder After Worker Dies in Fire

This past week in North America, authorities charged a 27-year-old Bethesda, Maryland stock trader, called Daniel L. Beckwitt, with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder, after worker Askia Khafra died in a fire while building an elaborate 200-foot network of underground tunnels designed to protect Beckwitt from a North Korean nuclear attack. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face

Russia’s Channel One aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim’s face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he’s smiling. And it’s not even a very good photoshop job. Read More >>

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North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware

Escaping the isolated and oppressive regime of Kim Jong Un’s North Korea requires a harrowing effort, but even getting out of the country may not be enough to escape its reach. New research from McAfee suggests hackers in North Korea are targeting defectors with malware-infected Android apps. Read More >>

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Report: North Korea Pretty Good at the Cyber, Is Selling Stuff Like Facial Recognition Tech Abroad

North Korean operatives could be involved in the design and sale of everything from VPNs and encryption software to fingerprint and facial recognition technology, according to a recent report that alleges it’s one way the country’s totalitarian government is generating new revenue. Read More >>

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The Curious Case of North Korea’s Homegrown Antivirus Software

There’s something not quite right about North Korea’s antivirus software. Read More >>

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North Korea Plans to Adjust Time Zone After Spending Two Years 30 Minutes Behind South Korea

North Korea has been 30 minutes behind South Korea ever since Kim Jong Un created “Pyongyang Time” in 2015. But starting 5th May, North Korea will adjust its clocks to sync with South Korea in yet another step toward normalised relations, according to state news agency KCNA and Reuters. Read More >>

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South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

The southern border of North Korea just got way less cheerful—or obnoxious. That’s because the South Korea military has turned off its dozens of giant speakers aimed at the totalitarian state. Until this morning, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea. Read More >>

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Winner of DARPA Robot Competition Partners with Weapons Company, AI Researchers Call For Boycott

Top researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have called for a boycott of the South Korean university KAIST after it opened a lab with the defence firm Hanwha Systems. Even if you’re not familiar with KAIST, you might know some of the school’s robots. The university won the top prize at the last DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015 with its highly advanced DRC-HUBO robot. Read More >>

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MPs Think North Korea Could Nuke Us by 2020

Worrisome thinking by a cross-party group of MPs working as a Defence Committee has warned that we could be in range of a nuclear strike by North Korea within 18 months, although they think we'll probably be OK as the regime doesn't deem us much of a threat. Which is yet another pretty decent metaphor for the current state of the nation. Read More >>