North Korea is highly likely deploying malicious software that enables its army of cyber hackers to “illicitly” mine and gain bitcoins without a trace, analysts claimed Tuesday. Given Pyongyang does not have the computer firepower, it is most likely targeting bitcoins as a means to finance the Kim Jong-un regime amid U.N. sanctions, they added. “In general, there are two main ways to mine bitcoins. One involves custom hardware, cheap electricity and a fast internet. The other is to develop malicious bitcoin mining software, which is deployed onto victims" computers,” said Tara O, an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Forum, a Hawaii-based foreign policy research institute.

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