North Korea Has Done It Again: Hacks South Korean Cyber Command, No End To Bitter Rivalry
To add to its list of the seemingly erratic ventures and acts, North Korea has allegedly hacked the cyber command of South Korea. North Korea and its leaders are quite (in)famous globally for their tactics and policies. And it seems like there is no stopping as North Korea has done it again! It so appears that North Korea has recently leveled a cyber-attack against Seoul. This news has been reported by the Seoul military on December 6 and 7.
"It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been hacked," stated an official at the Ministry of National Defence to Yonhap News Agency.
The authorities in South Korea suspect that North Korea is behind this online infiltration. To do damage control, the Seoul cyber command has currently removed the tainted server from the entire network. This is an attempt to prevent the spread of virus to other databases in the network.
However, some data was leaked to the hackers. And the authorities are still not sure as to what kind of data this was. Although there have been several attempts in the past times to hack the information of South Korea, this is possibly the first time that the cyber repository of the nation has been properly compromised. The cyber command was first set up in January 2010. Its aim was to not allow hacking attempts on military information to be successful. They were to thwart every such attempt made in bad faith.
This is not the first time that North Korea has attacked South Korea in the digital space. Only this year they alleged that North Korea had stolen valuable information from about 10 South Korean officials by hacking into their phones! North Korea has consistently denied all such allegations.
However, it is unprecedented news that North Korea has been accused of stealing military information. Earlier, it was only related to media news or banks information. It is believed that thousands of individuals in North Korea are involved in such digital warfare wreaked on different nations, including its neighbor.
Keep watching this space for more updates about the North Korean cyber-attack.