North Korea will probably attack the AMERICAN presidential election in November, experts warn, as Kim Jong Un regime has already threatened to possibility.
“North Korea will be able to test to what extent and in what extent it can cause damage to the UNITED states election system,” Sung-Yoon Lee, Kim Koo-Korea Foundation professor in Korean Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, has predicted. “I expect North Korea to test its own capabilities to see what he can get by hacking the U.S., the election system. “
“North Korea’s cyber capabilities are just one of the best in the world “, he remarked. “It would be surprising if North Korea did not test its capabilities during the election. ”
The North korea Ministry of Foreign affairs, has recently declared the Trump card of the administration that ” the UNITED states had better hold his tongue, and the spirit of its internal affairs, first of all if she does not want to experience [a] horrible thing. It would be good not only for the interests of the UNITED states, but also to facilitate the holding of [the] upcoming presidential election. ”
“North Korea increases its psychological pressure, political pressure on its main rival, the united States. Therefore, the last a veiled, barely veiled threat of North korea ministry of foreign affairs about the interference in the next US elections… is all part of the growth of the escalatory strategic playbook that will be punctuated by a more serious provocation, such as an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] or even nuclear tests, ” Yoon said.
The D.C.-based bipartisan group Question produced a report entitled ” Don’t Mess with US “, saying that foreign interference ” is putting our elections at risk. ”
The report calls for foreign interference “a national emergency” and has accused the Congress of not doing enough to protect the elections. Question It has put in place a web site, DontMessWithUs.org in the study of foreign threats.
“North Korea, most of the time is bluffing. But, in this case, “we’re going to mess with your elections,” they may use crude instruments in the cyber-war “, warned the former Tennessee Republic Zach Wamp, a Republican who is currently a Problem, A Reformist Caucus co-chair. “We need to take seriously. ”
He continued: “They can do it, you know, from a cupboard, in North Korea because of the technology. Therefore, it is almost as the box cutters used in 9/11. This is crude technology. We don’t know what they are doing, but they could really mess this again in this election cycle. Therefore, we need to be very aware of this threat. ”
The federal government and state governments have been strengthening their protection against the hacking of the electoral system. Still, Wamp and the Problem was in calling on Congress to allocate more funds to better protect the election in upcoming legislation.
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“He needs more money for the united states to carry out safe and secure elections,” he said. “The CARES Act, $ 400 million to the states, but across the 50 states, this is not a lot of money. They need at least a billion and a half dollars more, the states n’, just by the federal government. ”
North Korea has hacked into the UNITED states in the past. The Department of homeland Security said the thief of the nation attacked American infrastructures such as banks and financial institutions — and in 2014, the criminals supported by Kim Jong Un’s regime were suspected of hacking Sony Pictures in retaliation for the movie studio to release the Seth Rogan anti-regime comedy ” The Interview “, which depicts a fictional assassination of Kim.
But the attempt of America, the election would clearly be much more serious.
“The thing to do is not to yield, not to allow North Korea to feel emboldened, to interfere in the AMERICAN election system, or to violate blatantly U. N. Security Council resolutions,” Sung-Yoon Lee advised.
“To become a topic of major concern for the integrity of the AMERICAN election system is a rational examination of the North Korea. And it is unlikely that North Korea can pay for any kind of real penalty on the result of the interference in the AMERICAN elections, ” he said. “Any response to a future North Korean cyber attack must be firm. ”
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“I don’t think that they can influence the outcome of our election. They can quite simply the more we separate from each other and from the cast of the disinformation that divides us and makes us lose confidence in the process, ” Wamp warned.
“We need resources, we need to all be focused on the safety, security and free elections. For me, this is really what separates the united States from the rest of the world, is the fact that we freely elect our leaders and then we peacefully transfer power, even in the midst of a crisis. We did in the civil war and the great depression, and we need to do it again this year. ”
Fox News ‘ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.