According to a classified United Nations report, North Korea is building nuclear weapons ‘through cyber methods’ and has stolen cryptocurrencies.

Pyongyang reportedly obtained know-how for its nuclear program and more than $450 million from cyberattacks last year

According to a confidential UN report, North Korean hackers stole millions of dollars from worldwide cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as intellectual property that may be used to manufacture bombs and missiles.

According to Reuters, details of the suspected intrusions were included in papers filed to the UN Security Council on Friday.

“North Korea continued to seek material, technology and know-how for these programs overseas, including through cyber means and joint scientific research,” the confidential report said, as cited by the news agency.

Pyongyang continued to “maintain and enhance” its “nuclear and ballistic missile infrastructure” in 2021, according to the report, while also claiming that it “demonstrated increased capability for rapid deployment.”

It is claimed in the paper that “cyberattacks, especially on cryptocurrency assets, remain a key revenue source.” According to the report, at least three cryptocurrency platforms in North America, Europe, and Asia had more than $50 million stolen from them in 2017. According to Chainalysis, a cybersecurity firm listed in the documents, North Korea has gained an additional $400 million in digital assets through additional intrusions.

North Korea has not conducted any nuclear weapons tests or launched any long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent years, according to available information. Even still, North Korea has continued to conduct short-range and “possible intermediate-range” missile tests, about which the UN has voiced “grave concern” recently and accused the North of “a clear breach of Security Council resolutions.”

Due to Donald Trump’s presidency, North Korea says it is no longer bound by a previous self-imposed moratorium on missile tests.

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