South Korea Cautions PC-Operators of Contamination through the Internet
According to a recent warning by the Korean Communications Commission on its Internet site, computer operators must boot their systems while taking them to safe mode for defense from malware contamination, which can damage their PCs' stored data as well as block anti-malware software from getting loaded. Bloomberg published this on March 6, 2011.
Actually, on March 7, 2011, when 15m South Korean netizens went online, they got a warning message that the Internet Security Agency of the country seemingly issued. The message directed that users must take down a vaccine application for foiling an Internet assault from another country targeting websites belonging to important financial institutions and government agencies.
Said Deputy Director Lee Sang Kug at the Commission, the recent attack, which attempted at disturbing the online computers in South Korea, aimed at separate PC-users, quite different from the assaults that targeted government websites over just 2 days back. Additionally he said that specialists managed to detect and eliminate the malware from 4 websites, while according to the alert, the malicious software was capable of disseminating through P2P networks. Bloomberg reported this.
Meanwhile, investigators probing the dissemination are still to figure out the place from where it originated although they're sure its source is from outside SK. Also, there's no report to the Commission about any severe destruction from the new malicious software.
Reportedly on March 4, 2011, the SK government cautioned of DDoS attacks, which hit some 40 websites, with the National Intelligence Service and the Presidential Office websites included.
Significantly, the same day, SK was encountering online assaults against websites belonging to the Foreign Ministry, the Presidential Blue House, 2 biggest search engines and the largest bank of the country, a leading Internet trading house as well as a few Korean and American military websites.
Said military officers, on March 5, 2011, North Korean hackers attempted at deactivating the GPS indications within South Korea's capital via utilizing blocking devices. Yonhap News published this on March 8, 2011.
Nonetheless, reacting to the recent online assaults, the SK military initiated caution for the preparation of cyber-warfare a phenomenon named "Infocon."
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