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The cyber attacks – China by proxy via N. Korea attacks S. Korea
In April 2011, a computer virus attacked 10 servers of South Korea’s agricultural cooperative known as Nonghyup, affecting 30 million users. They could not use ATMs and online services. On July 4, 2009 another malicious software virus attacked South Korea government websites through a “denial of service” scheme. Furthermore, the attack affected several U.S. government websites.
South Korean authorities believe North Korea is responsible for these cyber attacks. But they do not have evidence to support their claim so far.
Experts call these cyber attacks asymmetric threats where weaker countries “inflict damage on a richer, more developed rival.” The asymmetric attacks are becoming effective mechanism of creating terror and launching cyber attacks which are generally designed to cripple critical infrastructure such as power grid, financial, and security networks in a cyber warfare by the weaker states that cannot match their economic and military capabilities with the powerful and richer countries. Globalization, technology, and reduced cost of hardware and software have made it even easier to launch cyber attacks.
SEOUL — South Korean police said Thursday they have busted a criminal gang which used elite North Korean computer hackers to break into online game sites and steal prize points worth millions of dollars.
The North has been accused of several cyber-attacks on the South in recent years, but this was the first reported case of hacking for profit. Police said some of the proceeds apparently went to the regime in Pyongyang.
They said 17 South Koreans had stolen 6.4 billion won ($6.02 million) since June 2009 through the scam after hiring 30 North Korean hackers based in northeast China.
The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Chinese Hackers Infatuated with Koreans’ Personal Info
Chinese computer hackers are apparently hell-bent on obtaining Korean nationals’ personal information, with the number of thefts growing larger.
Alarmingly, Internet users can easily obtain the credit card details of more than 5,000 Koreans by simply downloading a “Korean resident registration number generator” on a Chinese website.
And when browsing “Korean name and identity number” on Baidu, China’s biggest Web portal, nearly 1.4 million results pop up, many of them containing a database showing the personal details of thousands of Koreans.
China is home to some of the world’s most sophisticated hackers, many of which are given a virtual green light to attack foreign governments and businesses, in attacks that assist China’s government and Chinese businesses. It’s a well known fact, but everyone is too afraid to try to stand up to the Asian nation, as it hold large amounts of debt, as well as enjoys control of much of the world’s rare mineral resources and manufacturing.