North Korean Attackers Hacking the South’s Widely-visited Gaming Websites
Authorities in Sough Korea have alleged that Kim Jong-il leader of North Korea has discovered one unique means for raising funds, so desperately needed, wherein young hackers are being made to infiltrate the enormously-visited Internet gaming websites of South Korea (SK) for accumulating points and then converting them into cash. Hitb reported this on August 8, 2011.
Notably, dual online games are alleged as hacked where each day's playtime is specified, but the hackers fast deactivated this feature letting them to establish bots, which kept on playing day and night. And when these bots had looted sufficiently in virtual wealth, the items as well as virtual currency were sold to human gamers through transaction websites resulting in a huge $6m by 2-yrs.
Moreover, owing to the hack, numerous computers that humans didn't run managed towards participating in the games, 24-hrs. Such unmanned PCs are profusely found within regions of Asia.
Meanwhile as per stated reports, a Korean-Chinese and 4 South Koreans who designed the plot are under police's custody facing accusations that they assembled one hacking crew comprising 30 experts in video gaming within China as also transmitted part of the earnings into the accounts of North Korean arrangers.
The crew, according to the reports, had been developing a computer-program for infiltrating the servers hosting the Dungeon and Fighter, and Lineage Internet games wherein advancements would be scored that the gamers subsequently sold online for cash.
Further, each of the hackers incorporated was a graduate from the science universities of NK, Pyongyang's Korea Computer Center and the Neungnado General Trading Company of Korea.
Senior officer Chung Kil-hwan of the International Crime Investigation cell of SK stated that the hackers' gang maintained communication with Office 39 a dubious agency of the Communist Party that garnered foreign currency on behalf of Mr. Kim via arms sales, counterfeiting, drug-trafficking as also illegal operations. 'Massively' published this on August 6, 2011.
Meanwhile, it isn't new for SK to condemn the North about behaving unpleasantly within the virtual field. During 2009, SK blamed NK for proliferating malware, which brought down the websites belonging to different SK government agencies.
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