Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2020

North Korea: Kim Jong-un could try to hack US presidential election, experts warn | World | News

Donald Trump will battle against rival Joe Biden to retain his title of the President of the US. But he could face a bigger threat as North Korea could intervene in the results of the election to “test its own capabilities”.

“North Korea will be able to test how far and to what extent it can damage the US election system,” Sung-Yoon Lee, the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation professor in Korean Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said.

“I fully expect North Korea to test its own capabilities to see what it can get away with by hacking into the US election system.”

“North Korea’s cyber abilities are simply one of the best in the world,” he added.

“It would be surprising if North Korea did not test its abilities during the election.”

The North Korean Foreign Ministry recently told the Trump administration that “the U.S. had better hold its tongue and mind its internal affairs first if it doesn’t want to experience a horrible thing.

“It would be good not only for the U.S. interests but also for the easy holding of [the] upcoming presidential election.”

“North Korea increases its psychological pressure, political pressure on its main adversary, the United States,” Mr Yoon said.

“So, the latest veiled, thinly veiled threat from the North Korean foreign ministry about meddling in the upcoming U.S. elections… is all part of the growing escalatory strategic playbook which will be punctuated by a more serious provocation, like an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] or even nuclear test.”

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The Republican, who is currently an Issue One Reformers Caucus co-chair, added: ”We’ve got to take it seriously.”

“They can do it, you know, from a closet in North Korea because of technology.

“So, it’s almost like the box cutters used in 9/11. It’s crude technology.

“We don’t know what they’re up to, but they could really mess this up again in this election cycle. So, we’ve got to be very aware of this threat.”

The federal and state governments have been bolstering their security to prevent the hacking of the election structures.

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