The Chosun Ilbo
Nov. 04, 2009
The North Korean military hacked into the South Korean Army command in
March and a password for the National Institute of Environmental
Research (NIER) website leaked out, Lt. Gen. Kim Jong-tae, commander of
the Defense Security Commend (DSC), admitted to a parliamentary audit on
Tuesday. That confirms a report last month in the Monthly Chosun.
Lawmakers quoted Kim as saying the target of the hackers was the
computer of the director of the chemicals division, and his ID and
password were leaked through a hacking program when he logged on to the
alumni website of the Korea Military Academy. Kim bluntly stated that
the military security system "is not safe" from attacks by North Korean
hackers at the moment, lawmakers said.
The Monthly Chosun reported that North Korean hackers stole confidential
information from the Chemical Accident Response Information System
(CARIS) set up by NIER using a password obtained from hacking South
Korean Army command. Over 2,000 national secrets were stolen, including
the names of around 700 companies or state-run entities that manufacture
The DSC explained that the hacked computer was connected to an external
Internet network, which is strictly separated from the internal military
network. This time, the DSC explained, the internal military network was
not hacked, but it added, "As North Korea's hacking technology develops,
the chances of the internal network being attacked is increasing and
better security is needed."
There is also a risk that military information might leak through a
hacking program on a flash disk used when logging onto the military
network, but the current system is capable of detecting and preventing
that, the DSC said.
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