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North Korea launched the cyber attack against South Korea and the United States

The South Korean government is now blaming North Korea of launching organized cyber attacks against websites belonging to South Korea and the U.S. earlier in the year.

Due to malicious software, numerous U.S. and S.K. Web sites were slowed or ground to a complete stop during the attack, as cyber experts scrambled to pinpoint the source of the problem.  According to experts, the IP address traced to the attacks was leased from China, the South Korean National Intelligence Service noted in its report.

“The attacks on Korean and U.S. internet sites were traced back to circuits originating in China,” according to South Korean spy chief Won Sei-hoon, who recently spoke during a closed-door meeting. “North Korea's communications ministry has been confirmed as leasing the line.”

As the western world continues to deal with growing cyber threats from Eastern Europe and China, the possibility of North Korea and China helping one another is a newer threat. If China and North Korea share information on which targets to attack, and which ones are vulnerable, the U.S. must be ready to deal with an increase in attacks led by the North Korean government.

Unlike China and many other developed nations, Internet access is restricted in North Korea – with internet reserved mainly for the government – with Kim Jong-II now trying to catch up in the ongoing cyber battle.



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bad translation?
By VultureTX on 11/2/2009 9:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect the actual case is that DPRK contracted out an attack on South Korea's websites to a group of Chinese Hackers. It's not like the DPRK has the bandwidth to do more than send command instructions to a zombie swarm. And their technical prowess can be bested by most teenage hackers in China. Plus it allows deniability.




RE: bad translation?
By grath on 11/2/2009 7:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
If there is any place in North Korea that does have the capacity, the "Communications Ministry" is that place. Its also possible that the attack was committed by North Korean agents operating within Chinese borders. Your theory of contracting out to Chinese hackers sounds like a nightmare for operational security. Just because they deny it to their population doesnt mean their intellegence community isnt capable of utilizing it themselves.


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