NK News: New website sheds light on “weird and wonderful” contemporary North Korean art

NK News: New website sheds light on “weird and wonderful” contemporary North Korean art. “The site, which also has an Instagram, showcases the private collection of South African doctoral candidate Ruehl Muller, who writes that all pieces are from the Korean Art Studio, ‘a fresh, contemporary art institution modeled on Mansudae,’ a reference to the DPRK’s most well-known art production house.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea approves 680 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean excavation project

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea approves 680 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean excavation project . “The government on Monday approved the spending of 688 million won (US$565,000) on creating a digital archive of relics found from a historical site in North Korea through an inter-Korean excavation project, the unification ministry said. The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council approved the expenditure plan necessary to build the archive, including fees for data processing, creating content and consulting, according to the ministry.”

Ars Technica: US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers

Ars Technica: US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers. “The US Pentagon, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security on Friday exposed a North Korean hacking operation and provided technical details for seven pieces of malware used in the campaign.”

New York Times: North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

New York Times: North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft. “North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a ‘maximum pressure’ American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study.”

UChicago News: Stamp collection provides rare picture of North Korea

UChicago News: Stamp collection provides rare picture of North Korea. “A group of masked dancers, frozen in dramatic poses. A plane descending at an airport, with another trailing in the distance. And a pair of … carnivorous dinosaurs? These disparate images all can be found within the University of Chicago Library’s new collection of North Korean stamps, assembled in a public online database to provide a unique glimpse of the insular country. The stamps, which span from 1962 to 2018, capture a variety of scenes, settings and characters—ranging from explicit propaganda to traditional Korean garb to simple depictions of wildlife.”

North Korea: how public execution sites are being mapped with Google Earth satellite images (The Conversation)

The Conversation: North Korea: how public execution sites are being mapped with Google Earth satellite images. “The researchers show North Korean escapees Google Earth satellite images of areas of the country where the escapees either lived or spent considerable periods of time. Focusing on images dating from around the time the reported events took place, where available, researchers then ask interviewees to point out the locations of any killing or body disposal sites of which they have knowledge.”

Yonhap News Agency: Seoul approves 640 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean relics excavation project

Yonhap News Agency: Seoul approves 640 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean relics excavation project . “The government on Monday approved the spending of 640 million won (US$532,000) on building a digital archive of relics found from a historical site in the North through the two Koreas’ joint excavation project, the unification ministry said.”

Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report (Gizmodo)

Gizmodo: Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report. “The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network.”

The Japan Times: Malicious descriptions about North, South Korean groups temporarily appear on Google Maps

The Japan Times: Malicious descriptions about North, South Korean groups temporarily appear on Google Maps. “Malicious descriptions, such as one targeting the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, temporarily appeared on Google Maps, it was learned Sunday. Chongryon’s Tokyo headquarters was described as a criminal on the online map, while the former Tokyo headquarters site of the Japanese opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) had been described as the Japan chapter of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.”

North Korea: Operatives exploited Facebook, LinkedIn, other social media sites to get money and dodge sanctions (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing: North Korea: Operatives exploited Facebook, LinkedIn, other social media sites to get money and dodge sanctions. “An investigation by reporters at the Wall Street Journal uncovered North Korean online military operatives who used fake personas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social sites to generate income and evade U.S. sanctions.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Offers Unprecedented Access to North Korean Serial Collection

This was announced in early July and yet I completely missed it until yesterday. Library of Congress: Library of Congress Offers Unprecedented Access to North Korean Serial Collection. “Home to one of the most prominent North Korean collections in the Western Hemisphere, the Asian Division at the Library of Congress has rolled out the North Korean Serials Database, an online indexing tool that offers researchers enhanced access to periodicals and articles published as far back as the 1940s.”

South China Morning Post: That beautiful woman who wants to be your new Facebook friend may really be a North Korean bitcoin thief

South China Morning Post: That beautiful woman who wants to be your new Facebook friend may really be a North Korean bitcoin thief . “The messages are alluring, the pictures are attractive. But the women seeking to beguile South Korean bitcoin executives could actually be hackers from Pyongyang in disguise, experts warn. In the face of sanctions over its banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, the cash-strapped North is deploying an army of well-trained hackers with an eye on a lucrative new source of hard currency, they say.”

The Verge: Twitter pledges to update public policies after Trump threatens North Korea

The Verge: Twitter pledges to update public policies after Trump threatens North Korea. “Twitter didn’t act to remove President Donald Trump’s tweet threatening North Korea in part because it is newsworthy, the company said today. Twitter says it will update its public guidance on what factors may lead to a tweet being pulled from the platform — or allowed to stay on it — to include a consideration of newsworthiness, as part of an effort to make the rules clearer to users.” So if you’re famous or an elected official, your tweets will be newsworthy, therefore you won’t be held accountable for Twitter’s rules? Doesn’t this read like Twitter is arguing that online standards of behavior for elected officials and famous people should be lower than they are for the average Jo(e), because news? How does that make sense?