South Korea’s Ruling Party Urges Support for Cybersecurity Bill Amid North Korean Hacking Threats

SEOUL - The ruling People Power Party (PPP) in South Korea is urging the opposition to support a critical cybersecurity bill, in response to increasing hacking threats from North Korea. This appeal was made on Tuesday, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Proposed by former PPP lawmaker and current national security adviser Cho Tae-yong in 2020, the Framework Act on National Cybersecurity aims to establish a presidential cybersecurity committee and a cybersecurity center under the National Intelligence Service (NIS). The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) has been strongly opposed to the bill, raising concerns about potential misuse for spying on citizens.

Rep. Yu Eui-dong, the PPP's chief policymaker, stressed the importance of the legislation in the face of North Korea's hacking threats. "Major countries oversee cybersecurity issues on a national level. South Korea should also construct a cybersecurity control tower and systematically take care of such matters," he stated. He cited data from the NIS, which reported over 900,000 hacking attempts by North Korea against South Korea in just the first half of this year.

Additionally, the North Korean hacking group Andariel was recently found to have stolen digital data containing key technologies from local defense firms and conducted ransomware attacks, According to Yonhap News Agency, police reports.

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