By Yoo Jee-ho, Lee Young-jong
June 2, 2010
North Korean hackers are using identity information purloined from South
Koreans - including their resident registration numbers - to post
diatribes on local message boards accusing the government of fabricating
the probe results into the sinking of the warship Cheonan.
An intelligence source said yesterday North Korean hackers recently
bombarded a message board at a South Korean online community site with
posts claiming the government had made up the accusation against
The source said the hackers have obtained personal information "through
various channels" and their servers were likely based in Beijing. In
order to write messages on Web portals in South Korea, one must be a
registered user, and the 13-digit resident registration numbers are
required for membership. The hackers have tracked down those numbers and
corresponding names, and used them to open accounts on Web sites, the
Authorities have been trying to crack down on rumors that the results of
the probe into the Cheonan sinking were fabricated and used by Seoul to
disgrace North Korea. Several "netizens" and left-leaning activists have
been detained for questioning for allegedly spreading such rumors.
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