July 9, 2010
Computer Virus Hits S Korea Again
South Korean government and private websites have been attacked by cyber criminals a year after a major attack crippled sites briefly both domestically and in the United States, according to officials on Thursday.
Five sites including those of the presidential Blue House and the foreign ministry were attacked Wednesday but very little damage was done, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said.
"However, no obstacles were created in getting access to those sites as the traffic from zombie computers was negligible," it said, referring to computers contaminated with a virus.
The commission told Internet service providers to urge customers using contaminated computers to erase the virus.
Authorities said 462 computers were used in Wednesday's attacks, just a fraction compared to the 270,000 computers affected by last year's attack. However, there could be follow-up attacks on the second and third day, the commission warned.
South Korea's spy chief has reportedly placed the blame on North Korea's telecommunications ministry for last year's attacks, although US officials reached no official conclusions, and other experts have more recently said there is no evidence pointing to South Korea's northern neighbor.
South Korean media reported that North Korea runs an Internet warfare unit aimed at hacking into US and South Korean military networks to gather information and disrupt service.