North Korea More Likely To Launch A Cyber Attack Than A Military Strike

North Korea is more likely to wage a cyber-attack against the United States than a military strike, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

As tensions build between Pyongyang and Washington in anticipation of possible military action from either, Mr. Kelly said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is more inclined to direct hackers against American cyber targets in lieu of deploying a more traditional arsenal.

“In the case of North Korea, you know, a kinetic threat against the United States right now I don’t think is likely, but certainly a cyber threat,” Mr. Kelly said in an interview on “Meet the Press.”

“So we would raise various threat levels in the event that something happened and we felt as though there were a possible threat. You always want to come down on the side of caution,” he said in a preview.

North Korea and the US each have threatened military action one another in recent days amid reports the former is readying a possible nuclear test to commemorate the anniversary this weekend of the birth of its founder, Kim il-Sung.

Yet despite being largely otherwise disconnected from the outside world, US officials have acknowledged the hermit kingdom is most certainly capable of compromising American computer networks, notably evidenced by the 2014 cyber-attack suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment and widely attributed on North Korea.

Washington Times

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