The Chosun Ilbo
The country's defense industry faces a serious security risk from
hackers. Grand National Party lawmaker said Sunday based on data
provided by the National Security Research Institute that LIGNex1, a
guided missile manufacturer, uncovered malicious codes in its major
computer systems planted by hackers in March, and Hyundai Heavy
Industries, which makes naval vessels, found them in September.
LIGNex1 develops and manufactures Hyunmoo surface-to-surface missile,
Haeseong ship-to-ship missile and Shingung portable ground-to-air
weapons. Hyundai Heavy Industries manufactures Haeseong, the nation's
first Aegis ship, plus destroyers and submarines for the Navy. Although
the development costs of such high-tech weapons are kept secret, the
construction of the King Sejong the Great-class destroyer is said to
cost over W1 trillion (US$1=W1,165) and development of Haeseong
ship-to-ship missile W100 billion with each missile at approximately W2
The National Security Research Institute, which is affiliated with the
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, believes hackers
have planted vicious codes through which they stolen information. "The
research institute suspects the culprits are Chinese or North Korean
hackers but doesn't know specifically what information they stole," Kim
said. "In the worst case, the blueprints of missiles and Aegis ship
could have been stolen."
"It's shocking that our major defense industries are open to attacks
from hackers and that our missiles are vulnerable to theft by cyber
terrorists," the lawmaker added. "A general review of our cyber security
system is needed."
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