N.Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: S.Korea

South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the North had purchased Russian (EMP) weaponry to develop its own versions.

EMP weapons are used to damage to . At higher energy levels, an EMP event can cause more widespread damage including to aircraft structures and other objects.

The also said the North's leader Kim Jong-Un sees cyberattacks as an all-purpose weapon along with nuclear weapons and missiles, according to lawmakers briefed by the NIS.

The North is trying to hack into smartphones and lure South Koreans into becoming informants, it said.

It has collected information on where South Korea stores chemical substances and oil reserves as well as details about subways, tunnels and train networks in major cities, it said.

The spy agency also said North Korean spies were operating in China and Japan to distribute pro-Pyongyang propaganda.

North Korea is believed to run an elite cyber warfare unit of 3,000 personnel.

A South Korean lawmaker, citing government data, said last month that the North had staged thousands of cyberattacks against the South in recent years, causing financial losses of around $805 million.

In addition to military institutions, the North's recent high-profile cyberattacks have targeted commercial banks, government agencies, TV broadcasters and media websites.

North Korea has denied any involvement in cyberattacks and accused Seoul of fabricating them to fan cross-border tension.


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Nov 04, 2013
Sounds like something from a classic James Bond movie.


Nov 04, 2013
Yes every country not using a Rothschilds central bank is causing troubles for Security State USA

This is US propaganda. A desperate attempt to buttress the failing debt empire where prosperity is perversely tied to increasing home prices. Ask a homeless person if that's a measure of prosperity

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