From a dramatic rise of an estimate of 3,000, South Korea (AP) announced on Tuesday that its rival North Korea lays down a 6,000 member cyber army that is totally devoted to disrupting the South’s military and government.
Seoul Defense Ministry said North Korea is improving and expanding in the miniaturization of nuclear warheads in order to mount missiles for attack. They have recently also gained the ability to strike the mainland of U.S. because of its advancements in missile technology demonstrated in long-range missile tests.
Despite global domestic poverty and severe international sanctions and criticism, the debate about the state of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have been around for decades.
Since 2006 – its first nuclear test, North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests with the most recent in early 2013. Analysts and experts believe the region has a handful of raw nuclear bombs. In addition, the region has also conducted many long-range rocket tests that could hit the mainland U.S. shores. The region expresses that it launches its nuclear weapons to place peaceful satellites into the orbit and the overall nuclear program is crucial to protect the region from U.S. hostility.
Moreover, The United States accuses North Korea on Sony Pictures for a fictional movie scene depicting a cyberattack and assassination of Kim Jong Un - North's leader.
Washington has imposed sanctions on government officials as well as North Korea's defense industry. Many doubts lay in the cyber community but North Korea denies all involvements in the breach of tens of thousands of business files and Sony emails.
South Korean Defense Minister also added that North Korea has a cyberwarfare staff of 3,000 and are conducting at least six state-of-the-art cyberattacks since 2007.
Nevertheless, The Korean Peninsula is still in a technical state of war and there are 28,500 U.S. troops posted in the South as a restraint against a North Korean attack.