South Korea hit by cyber attacks

Posted in: Legal & Security at 05/03/2011 21:35

South Korea has been hit by a series of cyber attacks which have targeted some of the country's leading websites.

Government ministries, the National Assembly, the military headquarters, US Forces in Korea and major banks were among those hit.

It is believed that the attackers injected malware into two peer-to-peer file-sharing websites.

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South Korea Raises Alert After Government Websites Targeted in Cyberattack
South Korea issued an alert against cyber attacks after websites run by government agencies, including the presidential office and the national intelligence agency came under assault.

About 40 websites were targeted today at 10 a.m. local time in an attack known as "distributed denial of service," or DDoS, and more incidents are likely around 6:30 p.m., according to Ahnlab Inc. (053800), South Korea's largest maker of antivirus software. The government issued its third-highest alert against cyber assaults and boosted monitoring of major websites, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement.

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