Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is North Korea behind South's computer crash?

There are many who speculate and suspect North Korea to be behind a cyber-attack that caused computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters to crash simultaneously Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country.

The network paralysis took place just days after North Korea accused South Korea and the U.S. of staging a cyber-attack that shut down its websites for two days last week. Loxley Pacific, the Thailand-based Internet service provider, confirmed the North Korean outage but did not say what caused it.

Screens went blank at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT), the state-run Korea Information Security Agency said, and more than seven hours later some systems were still down.

Although no concrete evidence is availbe so far to affix responsibility over North, some experts suspected a cyberattack orchestrated by Pyongyang. The rivals have exchanged threats amid joint U.S.-South Korean military drills and in the wake of U.N. sanctions meant to punish North Korea over its nuclear test last month.

However, such allegations are more of a rhtoric to lable everything on North or vice a versa. It may be recalled that in 2011 too, computer security software maker McAfee Inc. accused North Korea or its sympathizers for a cyberattack against South Korean government and banking websites.

The analysis also said North Korea appeared to be linked to a 2009 massive computer-based attack that brought down U.S. government Internet sites. Pyongyang denied involvement and no evidence was ever produced by McAfee later on.

Read more about it at:Technology Inquirer
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