North Korea will turn 2021 into a year of non-stop cyber attacks, according to a chilling warning to the Western world from one expert.
The rogue state will carry them out against financial institutions across the world as it faces economic challenges, according to Oh Il-Seok.
And he warned a huge cyber attack could lead to the US using drones to target the facilities where they are being carried out.
Mr Il-Seok, a researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy, claimed the American government could take firmer measures against the country, Yonhap News Agency reported.
He said: “North Korea is expected to continue increasing cyber attacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges across the globe in 2021 to raise foreign currency as trade with China has been suspended due to COVID-19 and as strict U.S. and U.N. sanctions have protracted.”
He said Pyongyang could launch cyber attacks on South Korea and American think tanks which are related to nuclear talks.
Other experts on the pariah state could also be targeted, the researcher added.
His warning comes after a recent think tank report claimed North Korea could be ready to wage nuclear war with the US and its allies by 2027.
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The Asan Institute for Policy Studies and the Rand Corp warned it could end up amassing up to 242 nukes and dozens of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
In its joint report, the think tanks urged the US to consider “all options” against Kim Jong-un including deploying tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea.
The report said “serious” considerations should be given to a preemptive nuclear strike by the US and South Korea.
All options should be considered to stop North Korea from deploying nuclear weapons, it added.
A UN panel report has warned the hermit kingdom continues to develop its nuclear and missile programmes.