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Korea Economic Institute presents

Artificial Intelligence and North Korea’s Cyber “‘All-Purpose Sword”

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Event Date

March 4th 2022 10:00am - 11:00am ET

Event Location

livestreamed via YouTube


Troy Stangarone


Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga
Associate Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
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Scott Harold
Senior Political Scientist
RAND Corporation
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Jenny Jun
Nonresident Fellow
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
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Diana Myers
Assistant Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
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Over the past decade, Kim Jong-un’s regime has increasingly used cyber tools to achieve its objectives. As a result of sustained investments, the DPRK has developed a sophisticated set of cyber capabilities which it has used against foreign militaries, banks, companies, media outlets, and individuals. While North Korea has relied on human operators to carry out its cyber activities, it may be considering automating cyberattacks through use of artificial intelligence (AI). This could help North Korea overcome a shortage of trained personnel as well as increasing the sophistication of it capabilities. Is North Korea about to make the leap to artificial intelligence-enabled cyberattacks or cyber defense? Or will the country’s international isolation impair its ability to pair up AI with its existing cyber capabilities?

Please join KEI for a discussion with Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Scott W. Harold, Jenny Jun, and Diana Myers on their new KEI Special Report into North Korea’s potential incorporation of AI into its cyber arsenal.

You can find the panelists’ Special Report here