North Korea is one of the least wired nations on Earth. It has two internet connections to the outside world, one that crosses the Yalu River into China, and the other plugs into Russia’s Far East. Even with that, its internet traffic is scant. “It’s infinitesimally small for a country,” said Doug Madory, director of analysis for the Oracle Internet Intelligence team, comparing the traffic to “a small corporate office.” So an enigma of modern times is how North Korea has become a global hacking power, one that is destructive, intrusive, larcenous and surprisingly muscular. Its rise might be akin to a singer with little musical talent grabbing a Grammy. Or

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North Korea is one of the least wired nations on Earth. It has two internet connections to the outside world, one that crosses the Yalu River into China, and the other plugs into Russia’s Far East. Even with that, its internet traffic is scant. “It’s infinitesimally small for a country,” said Doug Madory, director of analysis for the Oracle Internet Intelligence team, comparing the traffic to “a small corporate office.” So an enigma of modern times is how North Korea has become a global hacking power, one that is destructive, intrusive, larcenous and surprisingly muscular. Its rise might be akin to a singer with little musical talent grabbing a Grammy. Or

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U.S. military exercises with South Korea will be held after the Olympics as planned despite a demand for a complete suspension from the North, the Pentagon said. The planned war games cast a shadow over hopes that the recent détente between the two Koreas may lead to a broader dialogue with the United States after months of saber rattling over the North’s nuclear weapons program. [Defense Secretary Jim] Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize. “This is still in the diplomats’ hands, as you know,” he told reporters en route to Hawaii. Download our FREE Mobile App –

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U.S. military exercises with South Korea will be held after the Olympics as planned despite a demand for a complete suspension from the North, the Pentagon said. The planned war games cast a shadow over hopes that the recent détente between the two Koreas may lead to a broader dialogue with the United States after months of saber rattling over the North’s nuclear weapons program. [Defense Secretary Jim] Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize. “This is still in the diplomats’ hands, as you know,” he told reporters en route to Hawaii. Download our FREE Mobile App –

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North Korea has scaled back its annual military exercises this year, in what U.S. officials believe is a reaction to growing pressure from international sanctions, according to a media report. One reason the drills, which usually run from December through March, have been reduced are United Nations sanctions restricting sending oil and refined petroleum products to the reclusive nation, the Wall Street Journal reported. It cited American officials familiar with intelligence reports and non-government experts. “Where this will have an effect is on ground-force readiness. Military units have to train to maintain their proficiency,” said Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., a military analyst for 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at

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North Korea has scaled back its annual military exercises this year, in what U.S. officials believe is a reaction to growing pressure from international sanctions, according to a media report. One reason the drills, which usually run from December through March, have been reduced are United Nations sanctions restricting sending oil and refined petroleum products to the reclusive nation, the Wall Street Journal reported. It cited American officials familiar with intelligence reports and non-government experts. “Where this will have an effect is on ground-force readiness. Military units have to train to maintain their proficiency,” said Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., a military analyst for 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at

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The United States welcomes the recent talks between the two Koreas but remains steadfast that Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons program, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He made the remarks before meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Defense Minister Song Young-moo, at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters to discuss ensuring security surrounding the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North Korea — formally called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK — initiated rare talks with the South earlier this month that quickly resulted in Pyongyang announcing it would send athletes to the games. “As two peace-loving nations, [South Korea] and America welcome the Olympics Games talks between the [South]

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The United States welcomes the recent talks between the two Koreas but remains steadfast that Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons program, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He made the remarks before meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Defense Minister Song Young-moo, at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters to discuss ensuring security surrounding the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North Korea — formally called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK — initiated rare talks with the South earlier this month that quickly resulted in Pyongyang announcing it would send athletes to the games. “As two peace-loving nations, [South Korea] and America welcome the Olympics Games talks between the [South]

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A South Korean official this week said that North Korea is possibly readying for an “intimidating” military parade on Feb. 8, just before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in PyeongChang on Feb. 9. Others have also speculated that North Korea is ramping up for a large-scale military parade that might include up to 5,000 of its soldiers, based on satellite images. South Korea is hoping that the international event would promote peace – especially in light of the two Koreas recently talking for the first time in two years, and North Korea deciding to send athletes and a delegation to the Olympics. N. Korea is talking a lot about

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A South Korean official this week said that North Korea is possibly readying for an “intimidating” military parade on Feb. 8, just before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in PyeongChang on Feb. 9. Others have also speculated that North Korea is ramping up for a large-scale military parade that might include up to 5,000 of its soldiers, based on satellite images. South Korea is hoping that the international event would promote peace – especially in light of the two Koreas recently talking for the first time in two years, and North Korea deciding to send athletes and a delegation to the Olympics. N. Korea is talking a lot about

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American soldiers competing in the Olympics next month will march on the same field as North Koreans, but the athletes say they’ll be focused on the competition, not politics. Three soldiers will be on the U.S. luge team and four others will be on the bobsled team. North Korea isn’t competing in those events, but the Feb. 9 opening ceremony will bring everybody together. “I don’t think it will be weird at all. We’re used to overcoming adversity through sport,” Sgt. Matt Mortensen said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Latvia where he’s training with his luge teammates. “If it was a different environment and atmosphere then maybe we would think

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American soldiers competing in the Olympics next month will march on the same field as North Koreans, but the athletes say they’ll be focused on the competition, not politics. Three soldiers will be on the U.S. luge team and four others will be on the bobsled team. North Korea isn’t competing in those events, but the Feb. 9 opening ceremony will bring everybody together. “I don’t think it will be weird at all. We’re used to overcoming adversity through sport,” Sgt. Matt Mortensen said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Latvia where he’s training with his luge teammates. “If it was a different environment and atmosphere then maybe we would think

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South Korea and the United States should never have military drills again, and that the United States should remove all its U.S. Forces Korea troops who are present on the Korean Peninsula, according to North Korea. “They underscored the need to create a peaceful environment on the Korean Peninsula before anything else this year,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday, referring to a statement from representatives who met in Pyongyang. “There is no reason that the U.S. hideous nuclear strategic assets and aggressive armed forces remain in South Korea today at a time when the door for North-South dialogue opens and the important issues of the nation are

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South Korea and the United States should never have military drills again, and that the United States should remove all its U.S. Forces Korea troops who are present on the Korean Peninsula, according to North Korea. “They underscored the need to create a peaceful environment on the Korean Peninsula before anything else this year,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday, referring to a statement from representatives who met in Pyongyang. “There is no reason that the U.S. hideous nuclear strategic assets and aggressive armed forces remain in South Korea today at a time when the door for North-South dialogue opens and the important issues of the nation are

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Marking the 50th anniversary the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea, the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un put the ship on display as a symbol of success against the U.S. military. The ship has become a propaganda symbol of North Korea’s alleged “success” and continued fight against the U.S. military. The ship sits in the Pothong River as part of  the “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” in Pyongyang, The Associated Press reported. CBS News (Twitter) The USS Pueblo is the only U.S. ship that is still held captive by a foreign government. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! The

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Marking the 50th anniversary the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea, the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un put the ship on display as a symbol of success against the U.S. military. The ship has become a propaganda symbol of North Korea’s alleged “success” and continued fight against the U.S. military. The ship sits in the Pothong River as part of  the “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” in Pyongyang, The Associated Press reported. CBS News (Twitter) The USS Pueblo is the only U.S. ship that is still held captive by a foreign government. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! The

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The US recently sent nuclear bombers to North Korea that can carry tactical nukes that would be perfect for taking out Kim Jong Un. Some have suggested that a quick tactical nuclear strike on North Korea could cripple the country’s nuclear infrastructure with few casualties. Recent reports have suggested President Donald Trump considering a strike on North Korea, but some experts and politicians think the idea of a tactical nuclear strike is a recipe for disaster. The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The

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The US recently sent nuclear bombers to North Korea that can carry tactical nukes that would be perfect for taking out Kim Jong Un. Some have suggested that a quick tactical nuclear strike on North Korea could cripple the country’s nuclear infrastructure with few casualties. Recent reports have suggested President Donald Trump considering a strike on North Korea, but some experts and politicians think the idea of a tactical nuclear strike is a recipe for disaster. The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo said North Korea is building its nuclear program for “coercive purposes” and not for self defense, but that the next step for them to take is to have the capability of firing an arsenal of ballistic missiles at the U.S., according to Reuters. The CIA is focusing on creating a variety of options in dealing with a North Korean threat while President Donald Trump focuses on the diplomatic side with North Korea, Pompeo said at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. “The President is intent on delivering a solution through diplomatic means … We are equally, at the same time, ensuring that if we conclude that is not

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo said North Korea is building its nuclear program for “coercive purposes” and not for self defense, but that the next step for them to take is to have the capability of firing an arsenal of ballistic missiles at the U.S., according to Reuters. The CIA is focusing on creating a variety of options in dealing with a North Korean threat while President Donald Trump focuses on the diplomatic side with North Korea, Pompeo said at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. “The President is intent on delivering a solution through diplomatic means … We are equally, at the same time, ensuring that if we conclude that is not

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