Seoul Hosts Seminar for ASEAN Delegations on Countering North Korean Cyberthreats

SEOUL, - The foreign ministry announced on Friday that it has organized a three-day seminar aimed at enhancing the abilities of five ASEAN countries to combat North Korea's growing cyber threats.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, government officials from Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines have been in Seoul for this program. The seminar is co-hosted by the Korea Information Security Industry Association and the Korea International Cooperation Agency. The event comes to a close today.

The initiative was launched following an incident last year in which North Korea pilfered approximately US$620 million in cryptocurrency from Axie Infinity, an online video game developed by Vietnamese company Sky Mavis. The episode has heightened alarm among Southeast Asian nations regarding the escalating cyber threats emanating from Pyongyang.

During the meeting on Wednesday, Lee Jun-il, director-general for North Korean nuclear affairs, urged the ASEAN representatives to remain vigilant about North Korea's unlawful cyber activities. He also called for continued collaboration with South Korea to address these concerns.

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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