North-Korea-Koreas-Te_LeffNorth Korea’s effort to build a cyber army that can conduct a string of attacks on neighboring states has experts asking some key questions: Is Pyongyang gearing up for a cyber assault on the United States? Does it have the capability? “They do have the capability, obviously,” says Alexandre Mansourov, a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “But I don’t think they have the intention.” But not everyone is so unsure. Like the Cold War in the 1950s and ’60s, cyberwarfare is becoming an arms race. Many nations, including the United States, are building up their offensive and defensive capabilities amid an increase of espionage and a proliferation of attacks on public and private computer networks. MORE