North Korea is expanding its force of future cyber warriors, and is even sending young hacker prodigies abroad to enhance their skills, according to a representative from a group of North Korean defectors, Korea Joongang Daily reports.
Kim Heung-kwang of the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said yesterday North Korea has upped its number of cyber terrorists from 500 to 3,000.
When talented young hackers are identified, they are sent to a special school in Pyongyang to be groomed in the art of cyber attacks, he said.
Once the young hackers graduate from school with the highest grades, their families are brought to Pyongyang to live with them, Kim told Korea Joongang Daily. They are then sent to a university to deepen their computer knowledge, and from there, they go overseas to study.
Kim said North Korea realized that building the ranks of cyber warriors “costs less money than to train Army or Air Force soldiers.”