Fijian cybersecurity professionals attend virtual workshop on latest hacking trends

FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

A total of 37 cybersecurity professionals from Fiji’s private financial institutions, telecom companies, the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and government ministries attended a virtual workshop on the latest trends on North Korea’s offensive hacking techniques.

A statement from the US Embassy in Suva stated that the workshop examined the tactics and techniques of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) hackers who attempted to steal funds for DPRK’s weapons of mass destruction program.

The statement stated that according to the United Nations, North Korea repeatedly targeted Fiji with cyber-attacks to gain access to currency and launder money in violation of international sanctions.

“The United States is grateful for the cooperation of Fiji’s IT specialists in addressing these serious threats posed by North Korean hackers,” said US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel.

“We are all working together to end the threat to international peace and security posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.”

The training was organised by the US Embassy in Suva, the US State Department’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction, the US-based international training nonprofit CRDF Global, and the Australian tech firm Internet 2.0.

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