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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Hackers Attacked South Korean Banks

Hackers Attacked South Korean Banks

Hackers Attacked South Korean Banks

Added: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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On the 20th of March, computer networks at a number of South Korean banks and TV broadcasters crashed due to a cyber attack, which paralysed ATMs across the country. South Korean authorities reacted quickly and set up a cyber crisis team, but this didn’t help. It turned out that the large scale attack overwhelmed the infrastructure, including Nonghyup Bank, Shinhan Bank, Munhwa Broadcasting Corp., YTN and Korea Broadcasting System.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the hacker attack thus far, and South Korean officials are still not pointing fingers, but most experts think the attack was launched by North Korea, which always has a reason to attack the neighbour. Security experts admitted that the malware used in the attack wrecked the machines and destroyed their ability to reboot. A number of operators reported they saw skulls on the screens before their computers went down. Apparently, tech support had a bad day, but a number of services were restored in a few hours.

This hacker attack is considered the biggest cyber onslaught against the country in over 2 years. It is clear that simultaneous, coordinated attacks were carried out by an attacker with plenty of resources – for example, a state sponsored group. In the meantime, North Korea is believed to have a cyber warfare unit able to hack networks of the United States and South Korea. However, the level of sophistication used in the attacks is very surprising, taking into account the state of North Korea’s economy and infrastructure. It is easy to recruit hackers in the United States, Europe or Japan, but it isn’t so in a country having virtually no Internet and frequent power outages.

Still, it might be worth the effort. It is known that South Korea operates some of the fastest broadband networks in the world and its economy is heavily dependent on broadband access. In addition, such attack also poses a massive security risk, because multiple facilities can be targeted. Finally, a more serious attack could potentially wreak havoc on the country’s infrastructure.

In contrast, North Korea is almost unhackable – and this is not due to having the best cyber security program in the world or the wisest and greatest supreme leaders, but due to the fact that it has almost no Internet infrastructure at all.

April 2nd,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2013-04-03 07:50:55)
ATTIEQ avatarNorth Korea is almost unhackable – and this is not due to having the best cyber security program in the world or the wisest and greatest supreme leaders, but due to the fact that it has almost no Internet infrastructure at all.

posted by (2013-04-05 16:08:09)
No avatarATTIEQ: +1

posted by Turtle (2013-04-06 04:38:46)
rippled avatarmaybe they would just have you believe its unhackable as they do have an outside (or several) connection(s) to censor the content they release to their public. So its not unreasonable to assume there are ways into their system, in saying that, with the way things are, i imagine provoking this situation with insults to the North Korean Leader Kim Phat-Phuk would be like dropping your nob in a lions mouth and flicking his love spuds with a wet towel

posted by men (2013-04-07 16:17:41)
ZerlindaX avatarThere is a thing call system backups, lol.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-04-10 00:24:26)
Embolism avatarpayback is a B:

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-04-10 00:27:30)
Embolism avatar@1 not quite unhackable as Anonymous and (uncharacteristically given his politics)th3j3st3r have proven.

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