Ha Tae-keung said Tuesday that he and other lawmakers were briefed on the hack by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the country’s spy agency.
It is unclear when the alleged attack happened. The NIS declined to comment and Pyongyang has not publicly acknowledged the alleged theft, though North Korean diplomats usually deny any allegations of wrongdoing.
The majority of the attacks were blocked, Microsoft said in a statement at the time.
North Korea has invested heavily in recent years in offensive cyber capabilities, allowing the impoverished country to earn money, attack enemies and pursue priorities of the Kim Jong Un regime at relatively minimal expense.
It appears the Kim regime has diverted its cyber capabilities toward its pandemic prevention efforts and securing a vaccine.
“The North Koreans are taking a comprehensive approach,” said Dr. Kee B. Park, the director of Korea Health Policy Project at Harvard Medical School and the North Korea Program at the Korean American Medical Association. “They’re trying everything — manufacturing their own, maybe through GAVI (an organization involved in COVAX), maybe through bilateral channels.”
North Korea’s top priority since the pandemic emerged last year has been keeping the coronavirus from overwhelming its dilapidated healthcare infrastructure. Pyongyang voluntarily severed most of its scant ties with the outside world in 2020 to prevent an influx of Covid-19, including cutting off almost all trade with Beijing — an economic lifeline North Korea needs to keep its people from going hungry.
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