North Korea Uses US Tech for “Destructive Cyber Operations”
North Korea’s senior leadership has been exploiting loopholes in international sanctions to obtain the U.S. technology that Pyongyang uses to conduct “destructive cyber operations,” according to a global cyber threat intelligence company.
Recorded Future, based in Massachusetts, found that while export bans and restrictions are somewhat effective in keeping North Korea from acquiring technology for its nuclear weapons program, sanctions fail when it comes to regulating computer products from entering into North Korea.
The report calls for a “globally robust unified effort to impose comprehensive sanctions” on North Korea, warning that without this Pyongyang “will be able to continue its cyberwarfare operations unabated with the aid of Western technology.”
The report was released days before North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet in Singapore for a summit focused on ending the North’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for economic incentives and security guarantees.
Google Says No to Doing AI Weapons Work
Google won't do artificial intelligence work for weapons, the company said Thursday.
Google has come under fire in recent months for its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to use AI for sifting through drone footage.
Google and other tech firms have been bringing the advances in AI to fields such as medicine, natural disaster planning, energy, transportation and manufacturing.
But these advances have also led to ethical concerns about the kinds of decisions being made without human input.
In recent months, more than 4,000 Google employees signed a petition calling for the cancellation of the company's contract with the Department of Defense. They joined other critics in raising alarms that the project could lead to the use of autonomous weapons.
Last week, a Google executive reportedly told employees that the company would not seek to renew its contract with the military.