South Korea slowed by third wave of cyber attacks

Several of South Korea's biggest websites and organisations have been victims of a huge cyber attack, taking down many of them, and leaving others with access issues. The attack also targeted several American organisations some of which included the Pentagon and White House, according to an article by The Independent. Many suspect that the attacks were started by North Korean hackers claiming that the latest missile launches may be related to the attacks. Others, however, have said that it is too early to tell where the attack originated from.

The denial of service attack affected South Korea most severely, targeting several banks, the South Korean spy agency, and several other government departments and agencies, one of which was the defence ministry. While the White House, Pentagon, and New York Stock Exchange were also targeted, most of the government targets successfully fought off the attacks with only a handful being taken offline.

Although there is currently no evidence the South Korean National Intelligence Service, the spy agency in South Korea, believes that North Korea was behind the attack. However, whether it was government agencies, independent hackers, or even North Korea at all, is still unknown.

South Korea is currently facing a third wave of attacks, according to an article by the BBC. Many of the computers involved in the attacks were found to be located in South Korea leading some to believe that the attack may have been carried out by North Korean sympathisers who live in the south of Korea.

Locating the source of a denial of service attack is usually a long and difficult task as attacks like these are nearly always carried out by infected computers, which often don't belong to the attacker, but are rogue units. Targets of the attacks are bombarded with requests from bots, bringing their hardware to a halt. As there is usually no single attacker, it is difficult to trace where the attack originated from.

South Korea has announced that it will hurry the development of its cyber warfare unit as a response to the latest attacks.

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huh Russia and the U.S. just pledged to reduce their nuke arsenals by quite a bit what better way to get rid of them than flatten NK into a hot steaming mud hole or they could just ignore the little tw@t I'm pretty sure he only does what he's doing because of the furor it creates in the rest of the world i say stuff him just don't pay him any attention and just like a naughty child packin a tanty in the super market he'll soon learn that bad behavior wont be rewarded or tolerated

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But then i find it funny how nearly every country is saying "we must punished N.Korea" where is the punishment? Nothing, i think the world or America is waiting for one of it's cities to be NUCKED then they would destroy N.Korea? maybe..

Because, you know, a little country called China has their backs in a more or less indirect form. Sure they'll come out and say N. Korea is bad etc etc, but have they actually put any sorta pressure on them? No. Have they closed the boards yet? I don't think so.

If one of the biggest players in the region doesn't do anything, what do you expect?

GP007 said,
Because, you know, a little country called China has their backs in a more or less indirect form. Sure they'll come out and say N. Korea is bad etc etc, but have they actually put any sorta pressure on them? No. Have they closed the boards yet? I don't think so.

If one of the biggest players in the region doesn't do anything, what do you expect?

Because China doesnt want Refugees knocking on their Door , like what happens to every country that has problems , beside Dog who barks doesnt bite ( something like that )
China Doesnt want problems in their Region , they dont need to have Iraq , Afghanistan ( just to name the latest ones ) problems ( people running away etc etc )

What i love its the Media Propaganda that swallows whatever Little Kim says , he lives in his little dream bubble and talks to his people


But it seems people dont read the news , it isnt actually inside N.Korea that come the attacks but outside

MrGriggs said,
It seems to me that no government is taking any action whatsoever on them and just letting them run rampant :S.

"Run Rampant"? They're a tiny little country that isolates themselves from the rest of the world, has missile tests that drop in the ocean, and apparently slows down the internet of its enemies (which is only an allegation, and not confirmed). OMG get the nukes on these guys!

Seriously, if the best they can do to "run rampant" is slow your internet connection, then are they really a threat?

Just pull the dang plug on n. Korea's internet already. For a country that loves to live in isolation of the rest of the world, I say we let them be just that - isolated. Problem solved.

Rohdekill said,
Just pull the dang plug on n. Korea's internet already. For a country that loves to live in isolation of the rest of the world, I say we let them be just that - isolated. Problem solved.

+1

Airlink said,
Nobody in N Korea has Internet anyways, unless they're in the army or high up in the government.

I agree, I can see few good things coming out of it. They need to fix entirely different things in their society before starting to feel a real use for Internet. Like working against poverty and famine instead of pumping that economy into the military.

I say cutting Internet access would be a decent measure to do as a response to both this and the recent nuclear threats.

Airlink said,
Nobody in N Korea has Internet anyways, unless they're in the army or high up in the government.

This is likely true, but I guess I'm thinking more of: if you entirely cut off people, they're likely to resent you more.

Rohdekill said,
Just pull the dang plug on n. Korea's internet already. For a country that loves to live in isolation of the rest of the world, I say we let them be just that - isolated. Problem solved.

Yes, stop those russian,chinese, northkorean, after all, they are babies eater. ;-)

In any case, the world will not need a new intervention from part of USA. Almost every single USA intervention has turned in a SNAFU, for example the current Korean Situation. X-(

Airlink said,
Nobody in N Korea has Internet anyways, unless they're in the army or high up in the government.

So then the government should live by themselves! In fact, same with ours!

Magallanes said,
Yes, stop those russian,chinese, northkorean, after all, they are babies eater. ;-)

In any case, the world will not need a new intervention from part of USA. Almost every single USA intervention has turned in a SNAFU, for example the current Korean Situation. X-(

You forgot Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, parts of African and pretty much all of South America. It is starting to look pretty lonely for "us" in our so-called "western" civilization.

bluarash said,

You forgot Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, parts of African and pretty much all of South America. It is starting to look pretty lonely for "us" in our so-called "western" civilization.


Not forget France and Germany which opposed US during the Iraqi Invasion. They outta be disconnected too, lol.

toadeater said,
Funny thing is it's a lone NK dude with a C64 that's managed to do all this.

lol. but this was pretty advanced. I was thinking Amiga.