South Korea: Chinese address source of attack

Employees of Korea Internet Security Center work after computer networks at two major South Korean banks and three top TV broadcasters went into shutdown mode en masse, at a monitoring room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Police and South Korean officials investigating the shutdown said the cause was not immediately clear. But speculation centered on North Korea, with experts saying a cyberattack orchestrated by Pyongyang was likely to blame. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Han Jong-chan) Korea Out

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says an initial investigation shows a Chinese Internet address was the source of a cyberattack on one of the companies shut down by computer crashes.

South Korea’s telecom regulator said Thursday that a Chinese address created the malicious code in the server of one of the banks, Nonghyup, that crashed Wednesday.

Experts say hackers often launch attacks via computers in other countries in an attempt to keep their identities from being exposed. Such addresses can easily be manipulated and disguised.

Regulators have distributed vaccine software to government offices, banks, hospitals and other institutions to prevent more outages.

The source of the attack is not yet clear. But suspicion has quickly fallen on North Korea. Pyongyang has threatened Seoul with attack in recent days.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Don’t buy made in China products.

  • w33k3nd3r

    From nukes to computer virus; they will do anything!

  • i_am_filipino


    • Kaizensigma

      North Korea is a renegade nation. Although china alone holds the most influence over norkor, china does not have complete sway over them. china is caught in a position when it does not tolerate nokor’s belligerence but at the same time it cannot afford to have a non friendly power on its border. This was one of the major reason china engaged the us during the korean war when his highness macarthur pushed toward and threaten to march forward through the border into china. China also cannot afford to nor want a war on its important border. Nokor is like a wild dog that does not recognize any master. Hard to blame them after their half century experience under brutal nipponese occupation.

  • divictes

    A dry run?

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