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North Korea ‘Cyber Attacks’ US, S Korea

From an understanding Associated Press:

Employees of Korea Internet Security Center work inside a monitoring room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Government Web sites attacked; N. Korea suspected

By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange.

Other targets of the attack included the National Security Agency, Homeland Security Department, State Department, the Nasdaq stock market and The Washington Post, according to an early analysis of the malicious software used in the attacks. Many of the organizations appeared to successfully blunt the sustained computer assaults…

The attack was remarkably successful in limiting public access to victim Web sites, but internal e-mail systems are typically unaffected in such attacks. Some government Web sites — such as the Treasury Department, Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service — were still reporting problems days after the attack started during the July 4 holiday. South Korean Internet sites began experiencing problems Tuesday.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the nation’s principal spy agency, told a group of South Korean lawmakers Wednesday it believes that North Korea or North Korean sympathizers in the South were behind the attacks, according to an aide to one of the lawmakers briefed on the information…

This time, two government officials acknowledged that the Treasury and Secret Service sites were brought down, and said the agencies were working with their Internet service provider to resolve the problem

Somehow the Associated Press missed the piquant detail that among the US agencies targeted by this cyber attack was Mr. Obama’s newly created cyber security agency.

Which is very reassuring.

By the way, we can’t wait until our medical records are online and saving us billions of dollars.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “North Korea ‘Cyber Attacks’ US, S Korea”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Got a family member who is, literally, infamous, famous and The Man regarding IT security issues. Tim Berners Lee scale.

    His take on federal IT security?

    Money. They want to spend the IT-security necessary dollars on social issues, racial issues, anything and everything BUT what it takes to secure critical IT infrastructure. To say he’s argued them into corners and they STILL won’t do it, is to damn lightly by faint praise. Bullied in Congressional testimony until they no longer invite him behind closed doors. His exact words to me in March … the chance that there won’t be any online commerce by 2015 is above 80% because no one – from private sector to public has any idea just how good The Bad Guys are. Criminal gangs and criminal governments are the only ones pouring the necessary capital into developing the tools.

    So, he quit. Threw away 30 years of trying to shed light. And went to farming. He’s gone native and as low tech as possible.

    This is no quitter. This is Sisyphus recognizing the rock of stupidity won’t change.

    Gird you loin, friends.

    • proreason says:

      You have to wonder whether big government is capable of protecting the citizens any longer:

      – back to pre 9/11 mentality
      – 4 bubbles cost trillions and collapse the economy in 10 years (Internet, Mortgages, Housing, Oil). Government is clueless about all of them, and caused at least two of them
      – open borders
      – Abu Graib, Haditha, Gitmo, waterboarding insanities
      – trillions for global warming and the universal health scare. National Defense and Security are the only programs cut
      – clueless about Internet Security
      – and on and on

      Our enemies are smarter than our government of fools in every respect.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Yes, PR – in crime there is Incentive.

      In power-grabbing there is Incentive.

      In Thud and Blunder there’s no incentive except to spend other people’s money.

      This is the bottom of the tar-baby pit.

  2. canary says:

    I first came out with the suspicion N. Korea’s scud missles were cyber attacks on July 4-5 (mispellings and all I now see. It was 1 of my bad eyes days, like most)

    July 5, 2009 at 7:32 am
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    Tranquil.Night. Canary what do you make of the reports of Soviet tech on the NorComs ICBMs?
    Well, Russia is dealing with alot of poverty for along time, and the one thing they have is weapons of mass destructions stockpiled. Missles, antrax, (Russians are really into poisoning for ages) Clinton complained in 93ish, and Putin is just doing as he pleases. And we at least know Russia has been selling enriched uranium to both N. Korea and Iran, and it is not evident both N. Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons. On to of that it’s now pretty well assumed that Iran and N. Korea have gotten missles from Russia. Israel believes that even France and Germany have been aiding Russia. What concerns me about N. Korea’s scuds they have been shooting off on our countries birthday. It’s been reported by former IAEA nuclear inspector David albright that Iran coverted 7 tons of gas called uranium hexaflouride for atomic bomb or bombs. Even rumors that aside the missles from Russia to guard Irans nuclear installations. Iran is believed to now have electormoagnetic pulse (MEP) technology. A fake satellite going over American at about 280 miles above us, can explode releasing several pouns of enriched plutonium, blanketing the USA with gamma rays. Instatnly, all electrical pwer power is cut off instantly, and cut off for monthes. And our government says N. Korea has the capability too. Simple scuds missles can be used for this purpose….
    the rest of the opinion


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