October 15, 2008
South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo on Tuesday warned his cabinet
over attempts by Chinese and North Korean computer hackers to obtain
state secrets, officials said.
The National Intelligence Service (NIS), Seoul's main spy agency, said
it had told Han that about 130,000 items of government information had
been hacked over the past four years.
"According to an NIS report, the leakage of national secrets by hacking
which originates in North Korea and China is very serious," Han told a
cabinet meeting in remarks confirmed by his office.
He blamed "a loosening sense of security among public servants" who
recklessly use data in personal computers or on the Internet.
Government offices have decided to conduct a monthly security check on
computer systems as part of countermeasures beginning this month.
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