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‘South Korea’ Blames ‘North’ for Attacks through Chinese Malware

The largest-ever online assault against PCs of South Korea, within a span of 2-yrs, utilized a China-made malware, one early investigation has discovered while concentrating on probable connections with North Korea, published The Sydney Morning Herald dated March 22, 2013.

Precisely as per KCC (Korea Communications Commission), the assault, aimed at banks and broadcasters, damaged approximately 32,000 servers on March 20, 2013.

These coincided with increasing anxiety across the Korean countries as also merely days following accusation by North Korea of USA along with the country's South Korean associates paralyzing many websites of Pyongyang (capital of NK), lately.

Professor Ryou Jae-cheol of Chungnam National University (SK) teaching Computer Engineering and Securities stated that the finding of the malware being created in China largely suggested that the assault originated out of NK where plentiful hackers operated. Naturally, fingers pointed to none other than NK considering the type of assault with the timing and magnitude it displayed, he added. The Sydney Morning Herald published this.

Also, Professor Dong Hoon Lee of Korea University, Department of Cyber-Defense stated that the new assault impacted widely since it destabilized major financial institutions and largest broadcasters besides household computers. There wasn't any direct Internet link from SK to NK or vice-versa, therefore, incase it was substantiated that NK was to be condemned, then it was quite possible the assault launched on SK was via servers within China, he explained. Bloomberg.com published this dated March 21, 2013.

Intelligence agency in SK believes NK regularly employs Chinese IP addresses for concealing cyber-assaults from its territory.

The country has formed a taskforce that'll study the virus as also prevent further assaults along with find out the actual culprit behind the latest assaults.

Meanwhile, as officials in Seoul conducted an investigation into the assaults, the 3 banks and 3 broadcasters attacked informed they were able towards having their networks as well as services back on the Web on March 21, 2013.

However, according to a KBS (public broadcaster) official, work was still on for regaining some 5,000 PCs, while the broadcaster's website continued to be inaccessible. Ibtimes.com published this dated March 21, 2013.

Related article: “Loopholes did not cause online banking thefts”: ICBC

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