Has North Korea Gone too Far?

North Korean hackers are known for having a track record of such hits as crashing Sony Pictures’ computers and stealing millions from the central bank of Bangladesh. But a recent wave of malware attacks also delivered a rough hit to the player who seems to be giving the secluded nation the ability to hack: China.

Cyber-security firm Fidelis found several links between the recent attacks and North Korea. And the recent hacks come ahead of erratic military aggression which included the testing of ballistic missiles – putting the North at even rougher terms with China.

“This is creating a situation where China is forced to respond,” said Carl Wright, executive vice president at TrapX, a cyber firm studying malware worldwide. “These type of situations, when you combine the physical and cyber together, can definitely be a tipping point.”

China may be forced to pull the plug on North Korea. Currently, Beijing provided North Korea with network bandwidth and even physical space where hackers have been suspected of delivering their attacks.

Lawmakers are also pushing President Donald Trump and the international community to take a stance against North Korea’s cyber warfare.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who chairs a Senate subcommittee overseeing East Asia and international cybersecurity, sent a letter on Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council urging it to slap North Korea with fresh sanctions over both the recent missile launches and its “malicious cyber behavior.”

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Editor-in-Chief Andrew Burke is a lifelong aficionado of all things Chinese. He studied Mandarin while living in Taiwan for six years and now works as a digitization specialist at the Yenching Library, which specializes in Asian books and documents, at Harvard University where he also studies topics related to China, Chinese, Asia and foreign affairs.