Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn China has emerged in recent decades as a critical enabler of North Korea’s cyber operations. One indicted North Korean hacker, Park Jin Hyok, reportedly worked for a few years in Dalian.Credit: FBI When Lazarus, the notorious North Korean hacker group, needs help, it knows where to turn. Whether it wants to find a place to station hackers, hire money launderers to funnel stolen money from cyber attacks, or even link up to the internet within North Korea, the cybercriminal group looks to its trusty accomplice: China. Lazarus is not alone. China has emerged in recent decades as a critical enabler of North Korea’s cyber operations, which include hacks of Japan’s Sony Entertainment in 2014 and the Bangladesh central bank in 2016, as well as the WannaCry 2.0 attack, which crippled global computer systems in 2017. Even though this assistance is not all explicitly state-sanctioned, experts say the Chinese authorities have displayed little willingness to crack down on North Korea’s activities. For the U.S. government, China’s role in these attacks is a concern. “North Korea’s malicious activity, including the theft of millions of dollars, is outlier activity for a natiSubscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.