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North Korea 'hacking soaring Bitcoin exchanges'

North Korea 'hacking soaring Bitcoin exchanges'

Technology
North Korea is seeking to profit from Bitcoin's surging value by hacking Bitcoin exchanges, security researchers have told Sky News.Ashley Shen, an independent security researcher, said: "We assume one of the reasons why Bitcoin is being attacked is because the price keeps increasing and we think it's reasonable for hackers (to target)."Digital currency might be easier to gain than physical currency. So I think it's reasonable."Bitcoin's value has risen dramatically over the course of 2017, but especially during the past week, peaking at one Bitcoin being worth $ 16,000 (£11,940).The currency's value is up 1,500% this year, driven by sheer speculation.Ms Shen and her colleagues have tracked attacks by hacking groups Lazarus, Bluenoroff and Andariel - suspected to be North Korean operations
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
North Korea says new missile puts all of US in striking range

North Korea says new missile puts all of US in striking range

World
North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the whole of continental United States.State television said Pyongyang had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state.The Hwasong-15 missile, described as its "most powerful", was launched in darkness early on Wednesday. It landed in Japanese waters but flew higher than any other missile the North had previously tested. The test, which defied international sanctions imposed over the North's weapons programme, drew swift international condemnation, with the UN Security Council due to convene an emergency session.South Korea responded by carrying out live-fire exercises, launching one of its own ballistic missiles.What exactly is North Korea saying?News of the launch was a...
North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said.Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000km (620 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan.The launch, early on Wednesday, is the latest in a series that have raised international tensions.North Korea's last ballistic missile launch was in September and came days after its sixth nuclear test.Mr Mattis was speaking at the White House as he briefed President Donald Trump and senior officials on the missile launch."It went higher, frankly, than any previous shots they have taken," he said, adding that the North was building "ballistic missiles that threaten everywhere in the wor...
Why North Korea hasn't launched a missile in 56 days despite repeated tests

Why North Korea hasn't launched a missile in 56 days despite repeated tests

World
Though President Donald Trump is on a high-profile visit to Asia this week, North Korea has refrained from testing another ballistic missile or nuclear bomb, making this the longest stretch of time since Trump took office that the regime has not conducted a test. Is it a sign the administration's approach to North Korea is working, even as Washington and Pyongyang continue to exchange volleys in a war of words? North Korea tested its first missile just 22 days after Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20. From March to May, the regime conducted tests every one to two weeks. It has been 56 days since North Korea's last test of a ballistic missile, an intermediate-range KN-17 that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. As Trump has made his way through South Korea, Japan and China this we...