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North Korea denies cyberattacks, calls U.S. 'hacking empire'

North Korea TVNorth Korea media slammed the United States for allegations Pyongyang may be behind a wave of cyberattacks against international banks and other institutions.

Pyongyang's state-controlled news agency KCNA said the United States has reached new "despicable heights," although the suggestion North Korea may be behind bank breaches came from private U.S. firm Symantec.

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"Cyberspace is one of the many strategies of U.S. hegemony, along with the nuclear stick and the U.S. dollar, to launch a pre-emptive strike" against North Korea, the statement from KCNA read.

North Korea also denounced the CIA for its alleged monitoring of people through computers and computer-controlled appliances – a claim that is gaining support after WikiLeaks published a large cache of private data on March 7.

The United States is a "hacking empire, the worst of bullying countries," Pyongyang said in response to the news.

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