Today the U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce charges against Pak Jin Hyok, an alleged North Korean spy, in the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. Pak is part of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a military intelligence group.
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Ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman, who until this week's in-person negotiations between US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un could accurately claim himself to be one of the few people friends with both, crashed the closed-door event today in Singapore. He did so wearing a shirt advertising a marijuana-themed cryptocurrency startup that now seems destined for either a museum or, if we're gonna guess, a jaw-dropping high bid on eBay.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a historic private meeting earlier today in Singapore. And while we don't know exactly what was said between the two men, we do know that Trump played a video for Kim on his iPad. The video was created to look like a Hollywood movie trailer and it's honestly pretty bizarre.
US authorities have charged 27-year-old Bethesda, Maryland stock trader Daniel L. Beckwitt with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder after worker Askia Khafra died in a fire while building an elaborate 61m network of underground tunnels designed to protect Beckwitt from a North Korean nuclear attack.
Russia-1 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.
Security researchers have unearthed an elaborate scheme of North Korean front companies secretly suppling advanced biometric recognition and encryption software to countries around the world. In a new report, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say North Korea uses a web of freelancing sites, shell companies, and difficult to trace aliases to circumvent international sanctions and, most troublingly, embed state software into foreign companies, including "at least one reputable defence firm in a US-allied country."
While North Korea has been largely closed off from the outside world since 1948, some tech does manage to trickle in.
A recent report by a South Korean publication has revealed that smartphone ownership is actually on the rise in North Korea. There is even a clear favourite - the Samsung Galaxy range
Earlier this month, North Korea announced the closure of its nuclear testing site, saying it's suspending all nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. The surprise move by President Kim Jong Un may be an attempt to ease relations prior to a summit with Donald Trump, but a new reports suggests the collapse of North Korea's test facility may have been a contributing factor.
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 Monday morning local time, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea.
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.