Republican urges Obama to launch cyber attack against North Korea

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Congressman Peter Hoekstra, the lead Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has urged President Barack Obama to launch a “show of force or strength” against North Korea, for its alleged part in a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks in the last week.

Hoekstra told The Washington Times’ America’s Morning News radio show says that “it’s time for America, South Korea, Japan and others to stand up to North Korea” by launching a retaliatory cyber attack or international sanctions.

According to Hoekstra, if action is not taken, “next time they’ll go in and shut down a banking system … or manipulate the electrical grid either here or in South Korea. Or they will try and miscalculate, and people will be killed.”

You can hear the Michigan politician in full flow in the clip below:

There’s only one problem with what Hoekstra says – it’s complete nonsense.

No evidence has been produced showing that the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.