Japanese PCs Found Involved in Cyber-Attack against SK
An investigation by NPA (National Policy Agency) has found that a few Japanese computers were used in an enormous cyber-attack against the websites of South Korean government, so published The Mainichi Daily News dated September 22, 2011.
NPA said that never before had personal computers from Japan been employed for act of online terrorism.
However, as for the current assault, authorities in South Korea sought cooperation from NPA to conduct an investigation. According to Japanese police, a pair of computer servers along with a separate PC in the country was discovered having a virus due to which outsiders could manipulate the systems.
Moreover, the persons who owned the three virus-infected PCs, one placed at a residence, didn't know that their machines had an infection. Consequently, the NPA contacted those persons and asked them for doing the needful to avoid further infection like installing an anti-malware program. The agency is understood to have notified the South Korean authorities about its findings.
Meanwhile, law enforcement in South Korea said that a DOS assault, during March 2011, wherein page requests in an uncontrolled barrage obstructed government website access, and suspected as an act of North Korean hackers, triggered off from 746 PCs located inside 70 countries.
Moreover, according to South Korea, the March cyber-assault boar a great resemblance with an assault launched during 2009 that the Ministry of Communications of the North Korean government carried out through an IP address based in China.
Notably, as per security specialists, South Korea has been making marks as critical news topic since long due to the country's assaults. Commonly, the reasons related to these assaults have been other countries.
Also, during July 2011, South Korea was hit with the biggest cyber-assault that compromised the Nate search engine and the Cyworld social-networking website both known to be popular. At that time, the private data of huge 35m users was lost to cyber-thieves and as per the Korea Herald, the assault triggered off from China.
Thus security specialists advise that for every country, it's extremely essential for remaining wary of the above kinds of assaults, particularly whilst a different nation is involved.
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