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U.S. State Department Says It’s Teaching Allied Nations How to Deal with North Korean Cyberattacks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang | Image: KCNA (2015)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang | Image: KCNA (2015)

The U.S. is training allies and partner nations to better detect and mitigate North Korean cyberattacks, the State Department said Thursday, as espionage and financially motivated intrusions increasingly weigh on both the private and public sectors. 

According to a press release, the agency’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) is providing the nine-day training course, dubbed Unhiding Hidden Cobra, throughout 2022 and 2023 with a federally funded research division at Carnegie Mellon University. 

The U.S. government refers to North Korea’s malicious cyber activities as “Hidden Cobra.”

“The program includes practical, hands-on exercises to equip participants to prevent, detect and mitigate malicious cyber activity using cybersecurity information released by U.S. government agencies,” the press release states. 

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