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By Clare O’Gara
Tue | Aug 6, 2019 | 12:12 PM PDT

North Korea's weapons program is two billion strong.

Well, two billion dollars, that is.

A steep number that they allegedly gained stealing from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges using "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" cyberattacks.

Reuters covered the U.N. report on North Korea's attacks:

The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment on the report, which was submitted to the Security Council committee last week.

The experts said North Korea "used cyberspace to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income." They also used cyberspace to launder the stolen money, the report said.

"Democratic People’s Republic of Korea cyber actors, many operating under the direction of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, raise money for its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programmes, with total proceeds to date estimated at up to two billion US dollars," the report said.

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