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South Korea’s Military Being Extremely Vigilant of Computer Hacking

According to one defense official in South Korea, its military is being extremely vigilant of computer hacking within the department since one dubious e-mail is proliferating amidst the mailboxes of its personnel. Yonhap News Agency reported this in news on August 19, 2011.

Evidently, each and every staff member of the military had been warned that they mustn't open e-mails whose sender's address was navyojo@hanmail.net because they had a malevolent file attachment capable of contaminating people's PCs with an information-stealing malware, the official said.

In fact, the military directed the entire personnel towards refraining from clicking on such e-mails as also instantly reporting to authorities in case the messages landed into their inboxes.

Disturbingly, according to officials, there have been 37 occasions starting May 2011 as well as 6 occasions during August 2011 when PC-hackers infiltrated military computers.

The official further said that authorities detected ten instances of hacking attacks each during May 2011 and June 2011 that emanated from foreign countries. Thereafter, during July 2011, there had been eleven such incidences, while during August 2011, 6 additional incidences had been spotted thus far, he added. UPI.com published this on August 20, 2011.

Possibly, hackers from North Korea had dispatched the malevolent e-mails although no data compromise had been reported till now, the official disclosed.

Meanwhile according to security specialists, hackers target South Korea intermittently, particularly its military personnel. Understandably, constant attempts occurred towards infiltrating the defense department's PC-network, however, the specialists didn't elaborated on them. While different hacking techniques were adopted, the targeted people always were the same.

Moreover, during August 2011, another assault occurred within SK's military wing. This attempted online assault targeted Seoul's Unification Ministry at the time several cyber assaults against corporate and government websites happened sequentially. Utilizing Chinese Internet Protocol addresses, the hackers installed malicious code within the e-mail belonging to an aide of a lawmaker so they could invade the Unification Ministry.

Therefore, for doing away with getting victimized with such incidences, the security specialists recommended that users mustn't follow the web-links as well as advised that they should run up-to-date anti-malware programs on their PCs.

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