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  • North Korea May Be Behind Cyber Attack on US and South Korea

    Two dozen U.S. and South Korean government websites were attacked in early July. Malicious programs were found to have targeted 26 websites, including that of the White House, as well as the South Korean presidential office, legislature, and ministry of defense. The cyber attackers utilized a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) approach to overwhelm the websites with data to impede or disable service.

    If Pyongyang were behind the recent cyber attacks, it would mark another escalation in North Korean provocations against Washington and Seoul. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service stated that such a coordinated attack was likely the work of a large organization or state. The NIS suspected North Korea or pro-North Korean supporters, but currently has no hard evidence. Despite North Korea’s low levels of computer technology and internet connectivity, Pyongyang has an extensive and capable cyber terrorism effort to provide asymmetric attack capabilities.

    South Korea’s National Assembly Defense Committee disclosed in 2008 that North Korea had created in 1998 “Unit 121,” a military organization with 500 – 1000 skilled computer hackers. In July 2006, A South Korean military official stated that Unit 121 had hacked into the South Korean and US Defense Department and caused much damage. In October 2007, North Korea tested a “logic bomb” containing malicious codes designed to be implemented should certain events occur or at a predetermined time. In October 2008, South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo stated that cyber threats from China and North Korea were “very serious” and called on the cabinet to take appropriate action.

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    One Response to North Korea May Be Behind Cyber Attack on US and South Korea

    1. Marge - Delaware says:

      The following was sent to the White House June 30, 2009. I did not get any response at all. We the people know what we need but no one appears to be listening……..

      Dear Mr. President:

      We need jobs. Please curtail the excessive spending and taxes. We are very capable of earning a living, but we need jobs, no one is hiring.

      Why did the State of Delaware get a grant for Cyber Security yet not one dime went to retraining the unemployed worker interested in this field? We need training in this field. The bad guys know more than we do. I would like to get into this field but can not because there is nothing offered. I am one of the good guys in 2008 I passed homeland security checks. Since 1991 I have been downsized or laid off with variety of companies 5 different times. We need jobs and training please, sir.

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