Jul 08 2009
It appears recent DDoS attacks on South Korean and US government websites are linked. The attacks occurred over the 4th of July weekend and continued for several days after the US holiday. Speculation has fallen squarely on either North Korean or Chinese hackers as the main culprits; perhaps even a combination of the two.
As I recall, the attacks coincide with the launch of a number of North Korean short-range missiles. I haven’t looked into this, so just a guess but my money would be on the North Koreans. Rather risky for China to be involved in cyber attacks on both South Korea and the US while the North is busy launching missiles all over the place.
National pride was hurt by the latest hacker attacks that disabled 25 Web sites, including 11 domestic ones, Tuesday and Wednesday. The so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks prompted the telecommunication regulator, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), to issue a cyber security warning. The presidential office, the National Assembly, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and other government agencies were caught off guard by the attacks. Web sites for Shinhan Bank, Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) and the daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo were also briefly shut down.
What’s more surprising is that about 14 American Web sites were also disabled by similar hackers over the July 4 holiday weekend. The attacks reportedly hit several U.S. government agencies, including the White House, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department, the Transportation Department and the Federal Trade Commission. The attacks in both South Korea and the U.S. appear to be linked.