North Korea Planned a Gigantic Cyber Attack Against South Korea

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North Korea has been laying the groundwork for a massive cyber attack against South Korea, government officials from South Korea told Reuters.

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According to the report, North Korea launched a hacking campaign in 2014, which affected more than 140,000 computers at 160 South Korean businesses and government agencies. South Korea suspects that since the hacked machines stayed dormant, North Korea was likely waiting to launch a simultaneous attack “intended to cause confusion on a national scale,” or to “continuously steal industrial and military secrets.”

From Reuters:

The hackers took no action after gaining control of servers and computers at some corporate groups and waited, as they continued to hack into more targets in what police said was likely an effort to build the scale of a planned attack.

South Korea only realized in February that Kim Jong-un’s band of hackers had been infiltrating its networks after defense related material was stolen from two South Korean conglomerates.

This is far from the only nefarious cyber hacking in North Korea’s history. In 2014, North Korean hackers led a devastating campaign against Sony Pictures that resulted in a leak of embarrassing internal emails, as well as unreleased movie clips. Just last month North Korea was linked to a hack on a bank in Bangladesh that resulted in $81 million being stolen.

It’s not like North Korea is the only country with state-sponsored hacking. The United States has an entire entity dedicated to hacking called the United States Cyber Command. Welcome to the shadowy future of cyber war.

[Reuters]

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DISCUSSION

reburnsaburningreturns
ReburnsABurningReturns

I’m assuming that all of North Korea’s pipes run through their big brother to the north? The one who’s economy is about to take an epic dump?

I have to think that a Chinese economic slow down cannot mean good things for North Korea.