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S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes 57

An anonymous reader writes "Yonhap News Agency reports that South Korea has announced it is developing offensive cyber-capabilities to target North Korea's nuclear facilities. Yonhap speculates the tools will be similar to the Stuxnet computer virus the U.S. used against Iran's uranium enrichment program. A report in The Diplomat questions this assertion, noting that a Stuxnet-like virus would only temporarily disrupt Pyongyang's ability to build more nuclear weapons, while doing nothing to address its existing ones. Instead, The Diplomat suggests Seoul is interested in developing cyber-capabilities that temporarily disable North Korea's ability to launch nuclear missiles, which would be complement Seoul's efforts to develop precision-guided missiles to preemptively destroy Pyongyang's nuclear and missile facilities."
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S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes

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  • NK has limited internet links so are the sites even online?

  • I wonder where they're going to find people familiar with infrastructure that obsolete. Presumably there's a wise old beard in a back office somewhere, getting the last laugh on his peers for refusing to let go of the 1980s.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21, 2014 @10:08AM (#46303415)
    Just how exactly are they going to disrupt Best Korea? Send a man up with a hammer to start smashing all the vacuum tubes?
  • NK is not the most connected country. The launch systems almost certainly aren't networked (Even the most idiotic designer is going to want an air gap), and probably don't use the most sophisticated of computerized control systems. I wouldn't be surprised if the silo doors are operated by ladder-logic controllers. There might just be nothing to hack. The greatest vulnerability is probably communications from whereever central command is (I'm sure they have a somewhat unimpressive immitation of NORAD burried

    • by N1AK ( 864906 )

      Electronic warfare exploits an enemies sophisticated technology against them. NK may have the ability to build a nuclear bomb, but it may well be launched with computer systems that would have been considered obsolete twenty years ago. I expect they are reluctant to depend upon imported components, so a lot of it will be long-outdated.

      Iran doesn't yet have working nukes and has hardly had the best relationship with the west and stuxnet appears to have worked... One has to assume that if they are doing this

  • How do they even know that they'll be able to target North Korea in this way? North Korea's systems are likely crude, home-grown solutions compared to Iran which used Siebel systems and stuff like that. North Korea is by comparison one Chinese power change away from being functionally embargoed by every other country on Earth. This strikes me as something akin to the Independence Day ending in reverse.

    • This strikes me as something akin to the Independence Day ending in reverse.

      So...the aliens...uh...send a nuke...via a captured P-38 from the 40s...and dock with the pentagon...and upload a virus that disables all of our ships around the world. Or something?

  • are often hidden from the public. You don't tell what you are going to do. Did the US bragged about Stuxnet before using it? The worse thing that could happen is North will sabotage some "projects" that they have and blame it to the South.

  • The first rule about cyberwarfare is you don't talk about cyberwarfare.
    The second rule about cyberwarfare is you don't talk about cyberwarfare.

    Did Israel announce that it was developing Stuxnet? That would be monumentally stupid.

  • Is don't say that you are going to do it.
  • Kim Jong Un wont like this.

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