Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Business
Cybersecurity

In India, Google's Eric Schmidt Explains Why He Went to North Korea

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., during the Big Tent Activate
Summit in New Delhi, India, on March 21
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., during the Big Tent Activate Summit in New Delhi, India, on March 21 Photograph by Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg 

Eric Schmidt took his road show to another Asian destination today. The Google executive chairman, who went to North Korea in January and is scheduled to travel to Myanmar soon, is now in India, where he was the featured speaker at a company-sponsored talkfest at a luxury hotel in New Delhi.

A day after South Korea suffered a severe cyberattack that investigators believe may have links to the erratic regime that played host to Schmidt on his North Korean trip, not surprisingly the first question from the audience in the ballroom of the Taj Palace Hotel was about the Pyongyang visit. What had made Schmidt decide on going to North Korea?