N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- The notorious North Korean Embassy, which was earlier found guilty of hacking sensitive cyber data of Nepal’s government offices and vital democratic and financial institutions worldwide, has not stopped its tantrums, as it is now supported by some top-ranking police officials.
According to highly placed sources, North Korean indulgence in data hacking, gold smuggling, and money laundering keep going unabated with the involvement of those police officials.
“North Korea was long trying to win the favor of Nepal’s security officials. Now some police officials are extending help in exchange for a hefty amount of money,” said the sources, requesting anonymity.
Earlier, the United States expressed serious concern regarding North Korea’s increasing illegal transactions in Nepal. Special American Envoy to North Korea, Mark Lambert, during his 3-day visit to Nepal in August 2019, drew the attention of Nepali authorities to take appropriate and immediate actions against such malicious activities.
The US further stated that Nepal, as a member of the UN, should observe and respect the sanctions imposed on North Korea.
“North Korea is suspected to have accumulated over billions of dollars through cyberattacks in order to support its nuclear mission,” stated a UN confidential report.
To further promote this mission, North Korea has been targeting banks and financial institutions of various countries through cyber-based fraudulent activities to rob off billions of dollars.
North Korean hackers have been staying inside the North Korean Embassy in Kathmandu from where they carry out their illegal cyber activities. The hackers are supported by the North Korean Embassy with the necessary arrangements and daily supplies.
Such supplies are transported during odd hours especially the night time to avoid unwanted attention and contact with the locals.
Highlighting the danger of such activities to the world, Lambert appealed to the high-level authorities of Nepal, including the Nepal Communist Party’s leaders, not to indulge in business activities with North Korea as well as entertain North Koreans in the country.
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