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Alexander Mamaev

PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO of Digital Forensic Laboratory

Column: Longreads
Aleksander Atamanov

PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO and Co-Founder of TSS Ltd

Column: Longreads
Aleksander Atamanov, PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO and Co-Founder of TSS Ltd (security solutions development company), and Aleksander Mamaev, PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO of Digital Forensic Laboratory (specializing in investigations of cyber incidents), conducted an extensive study on the development of North Korean cyber forces, as well as on the tactics and strategy of North Korean hackers.

In 2016, when a spelling error stopped North Korean hackers from stealing USD 1 billion from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Internet users made fun of the programmers. However, experts involved in the investigation of cybercrimes are not laughing: as of today, Pyongyang has one of the most effective and dangerous hacker armies in the world, comparable in number to the cyber forces of the United States.

In recent months, the discussions about the upcoming "nuclear truce" between Pyongyang and the rest of the world have intensified against the backdrop of the historic meetings of the leaders of North and South Korea, and Kim Jong-Un's meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump. However, the "indulgence" of DPRK on this issue may be related to the successes in the digital sector. Today Pyongyang possesses effective cyber weapons, whose damage can be as serious as that of an atomic bomb.

Aleksander Atamanov, PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO and Co-Founder of TSS Ltd (security solutions development company), and Aleksander Mamaev, PhD in Technical Sciences, CEO of Digital Forensic Laboratory (specializing in investigations of cyber incidents), conducted an extensive study on the development of North Korean cyber forces, as well as on the tactics and strategy of North Korean hackers.

Project page: russiancouncil.ru/en/cybernorthkorea

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