World North Korea Hackers have stolen the personal information of almost 1,000 North Koreans who fled the dictatorship to start new lives in South Korea, authorities in Seoul have announced. The data was taken from a database belonging to South Korea’s resettlement agency via a computer infected with malicious software at the Hana center in the southern city of Gumi, Reuters reported. Read More: 'Visit North Korea' becomes new sponsor for U.K. sports team The breach—which involved the names, birth dates and addresses of 997 defectors—was announced by the country’s unification ministry. “The malware was planted through emails sent by an internal address,” at the Hana center, a ministry official told reporters on the condition of anonymity. The Hana institute is one of 25 that help North Korean defectors adapt to a new life in the South, where many struggle with a significantly different economy and society. The 25 centers support some … [Read more...] about Hackers Target North Korea Defectors, Steal Personal Information on 1,000 Escapees
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World North Korea A North Korean soldier whose dramatic defection made global headlines last year only decided to escape after crashing through a checkpoint following a drinking session. Fearing execution as punishment, he decided the only remaining option was to flee south. Oh Chong Song escaped the hermit state in November 2017 by dashing across the heavily guarded Joint Security Area amid a hail of bullets. Despite serious injuries, the 25-year-old survived his audacious breakout. In his first media interview since the escape—with Japan’s Sankei Shimbun—the soldier revealed his motivation and shed light on the reality of daily life living under the North’s autocratic regime. Oh—whose identity has been confirmed by Japanese intelligence, according to the Shimbun—is the son of a major-general in the North Korean military and described himself as “upper class,” AFP reported. But despite his privileged position, Oh said he and … [Read more...] about North Korea Defector: How ‘Upper Class’ General’s Son Escaped After Drinking Session
World North Korea International Affairs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a peace offering to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in—a pair of Pungsan dogs. Last week, Kim delivered two rare Korean hunting dogs to Moon in the neutral truce village of Panmunjom. The pair—named Songgang and Gomi—were gifted, along with almost seven pounds of food to help them settle. The puppies will now be raised in the Blue House (the official residence of South Korea's head of state), along with Moon’s other pets—among them a rescue dog called Tory and a cat named Jjing-Jjing. "Tory, by conventional standards, is an ugly dog covered in black hair. I will adopt him as 'first dog' in the belief that both humans and animals have the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination," Moon said, according to CNN. Songgang (right) and Gomi, two Pungsan dogs from North Korea. The pair were a gift of peace to South Korea. Blue House This is not the first … [Read more...] about North Korea Gives South Korea Two Rare Hunting Dogs in Traditional Symbol of Thawed Ties
THE physical border dividing North and South Korea is not the only barrier the two nations share. While the opposing countries share a common language there are some major differences in the way their people speak. Do North and South Korea speak the same language? Yes, the countries do speak the same language. However, the way people in the South speak has evolved since the nations split following World War II. How do the languages differ? The North Korean language is said to have evolved little since the 1940s, something which can cause problems for defectors who flee to South Korea, reports Voa News. In the past 70 years, the language in the South has changed to include a variety of new words including some English vocabulary. The tyrannical government in Pyongyang, led by dictator Kim Jong-un, has prevented foreign words from being spoken in the rogue state. Even the meaning of some Korean words have been changed by the oppressive regime. The word “sun-mul” means a … [Read more...] about Do North Korea and South Korea speak the same language and how do they differ?
Việt Nam’s U19 team vs Qatar in the first match of the four-nation international friendly tournament held in Qatar on September 16. — Photo vff.org.vn Viet Nam News Football HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s U19 team lost to Qatar 1-4 in the first match of the four-nation international friendly tournament held in Qatar on September 16. The visiting side played defensively from the first whistle. However, with the hometurf advantage, Qatar pressed early and managed to score three goals in the first half. After the break, coach Hoàng Anh Tuấn changed his tactics and squad to get back in the match but they still conceded one more. In the closing minutes of the game, Văn Tới narrowed the gap to 1-4 for Việt Nam with a goal from the 11m spot. On September 19, Việt Nam will meet Ivory Coast who lost to Uruguay 1-3. The event is a warm up for Việt Nam before they fly to Indonesia to take part … [Read more...] about Việt Nam lose to Qatar in friendly U19 event