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South Korea's new generation of cyber warriors

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>> South Korea's new generation of keyboard warriors, the country's answer to a rising cyber threat from the North. At Korea University, students enrolled in the cyber defense major are learning how to hack, studying cryptography and security law. The program is funded by the Defense Ministry and wrapped in secrecy.
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Reuters' Ju-min Park in Seoul visited the university.>> The courses' names and curriculums are not open to public, coded with numbers that only the students in the major know what they are. The students have won three international hacking contests, but the winners' full names were not revealed. Their identities are a secret from outsiders as we could only photograph or film the backside of them in the library or their classrooms.
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>> It's a competitive program. Applicants go through three days of interviews and physical examinations, but in return, they get a free education and a job after they graduate, a seven year stint as officers in the army's cyberwarfare unit.>>
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> Training to become a cyber warrior means devoting myself to serve my country.
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>> South Korea launched the program five years ago in response to the rising threat of hacks from Pyongyang. By some estimates, the North's cyber army has doubled over the past two years to 6,000 troops. South Korea, on the other hand, has only 500 and is at a disadvantage in other ways, too.
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>> In South Korea, one of the world's most wired countries is it's computer networks controlling everything from power grids to the banking system, make the country more vulnerable to Pyongyang in cyber space battles.>> Just last week, South Korea said the North hacked into more than 140,000 corporate and government computers in what appear to be a long term plan to launch a massive cyber attack.