American cyber security company AlienVault discovered software for hidden mining, sending the cryptocurrency to the server of the Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. This is written by Reuters.
According to the agency, the program was invented in late December in one of the capital's universities in North Korea and is designed to provide the country with new channels of currency inflow.
Crypto-currencies may provide a financial lifeline to a country hit hard by sanctions, and as a result universities in Pyongyang have shown a clear interest in cryptocurrencies, may be the most recent product of their endeavours.
North Korean IP-address 188.8.131.52 was repeatedly seen in trading operations with crypto currency. Previously, it was spotted in cyberattacks against the South Korean authorities in 2014-2015.
However, the company emphasizes that the North Korean server that used the software for mining was not connected to the global network, that is, it could deliberately mislead an outside observer about the existence of "North Korean ties".
Kim Il Sung University, however, plays host to foreign students and lecturers, not just North Koreans. The university administration and representatives of the DPRK in the US have not yet commented on this situation.