FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Trump administration identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy, but the president’s latest comments about resolving the nuclear standoff have raised new questions about what concessions Pyongyang has made. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)

North Korea's hacking fails to make summit talking points

June 15, 2018 - 4:05 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump focused his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on eliminating the regime's nuclear weapons. But experts say he missed an opportunity to press North Korea on another pressing threat: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against commercial and military targets in the U.S. and allied nations.

The country's hacking skills have become increasingly sophisticated and dangerous in recent years.

North Korean exploits have included the damaging 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks, intrusions into banks in more than a dozen countries to heist millions of dollars over the last few years, and continually brazen cyberattacks on South Korean computer networks.

The historic Singapore meeting on June 12 focused on "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, although it didn't yield a detailed agreement for accomplishing that goal.

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