July 8, 2009
SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- The official Web site of the South Korean
presidential office was inaccessible Wednesday morning due to attacks by
hackers who also cracked into government agencies and private firms,
As of 10:00 a.m., the Web site of Cheong Wa Dae remained down as
unidentified hackers continued their attacks that started Tuesday
evening, said the government-run Korea Information Security Agency
After an initial attack that began around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Web
site returned to normal, but renewed attacks shut it down again, the
The so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks hit 25
Internet sites, including 11 domestic ones, shutting them down for
hours, KISA said. Other government agencies attacked include the
National Assembly and the Ministry of Defense, with the Wweb sites of
major lenders Shinhan Bank and Korea Exchange Bank brought down by the
attack as well.
The cyber attacks also affected the country's No. 1 portal Naver's
e-mail service and online auctioneer eBay's South Korean site
Auction.com, the agency said.
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