Long-term Korean Hacking CampaignAdded: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Symantec has recently unveiled digital evidence which linked cyber attacks on South Korea four years ago to a hacking group known as the “Dark Seoul Gang”. According to
Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec Security Response, they revealed the connection while looking under the bonnet of malicious software code hackers used to launch attacks, which disrupted some South Korean government portals recently.
Although the security company failed to place the identity of the gang members, the experts found chunks of code identical to one in malicious software used in 4 previous large attacks. The first of them was launched back in 2009. South Korea has blamed the North for the intrusions, but the latter denied responsibility and claimed they were also affected. The security experts believe that it doesn’t matter whether the gang was working on behalf of North Korea or not – anyway, the attacks were both politically motivated and had the necessary financial support to continue hacking the organizations in the country. It was clear that the hackers were one gang and extremely well coordinated.
Based on the sophistication of the code and the complexity of the attacks, Symantec estimated that the group had between 10 and 50 members. The intrusions included a 2009 attack, which resulted in wiped data on PCs and launch of DDoS attacks, which disrupted sites in both South Korea and the US. Back in March, the Dark Seoul Gang knocked tens of thousands of computers offline at South Korean companies by destroying information on their hard drives. It was regarded as one of the most destructive hacker attacks on private computer networks ever. As for the most recent attack, which took place last week, on the anniversary of the start of the Korean War in 1950, it brought down the main portals of the country’s presidential office and a number of local newspapers.
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