Feeds

South Korea sets up cyberwarfare unit to repel NORK hackers

M*A*S*H with hackers instead of medics

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

South Korea has launched a cyberwarfare command centre designed to fight against possible hacking attacks blamed on North Korea and China.

The division boasts a reported 200 techies, who will be tasked with tackling a reported 95,000 hacking attacks the country's military networks face every day. North Korea was blamed for a wave of attacks against US and South Korean websites last July. However since botnets were used in the attack the true orchestrator of the assault remains unclear.

More recently North Korean hackers were blamed for lifting a secret US-South Korean war plan from South Korean systems last month. Some reports suggest the hack may have relied on the use of an insecure (malware infected?) memory stick.

Earlier Trojan-based attacks targeted at South Korean government agencies dating back to 2004 were blamed on Chinese hackers rumoured to have the support or perhaps even the involvement of the Peoples' Liberation Army.

The South's cyberwar centre can also be seen as a response to a rumored cyberwarfare unit already operating out of North Korea. Rumours have it the unit is staffed by around 100 including graduates from a military academy in Pyongyang. Whatever the truth of these reports it's probably fair to say that cyber-paranoia is rife on both sides of the 51st parallel. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.