The Chosum Ilbo
Nov. 04, 2010
Cyber attacks targeting the computers of Cheong Wa Dae officials are
increasing as the G20 Summit in Seoul approaches, officials say. Even
the home computers of senior Cheong Wa Dae officials have apparently
Officials believe North Korean hackers based in China are behind the
attacks. "North Korean hackers are increasingly accessing the website of
the G20 Summit preparatory committee," said one Cheong Wa Dae official.
"They appear to be gathering data of lower importance, but we are
keeping our eyes open for any sudden moves."
As the hacking attempts intensify, officials are changing their
computers every six months, and security officials at the presidential
office are having their cars screened every month for bugs planted by
North Korean agents.
According to the National Intelligence Service, North Korea has a
1,000-strong hacker unit. There have been 9,200 hacking attempts
targeting the computers of the G20 Summit preparatory committee and
other government agencies this year. Since June, the government has been
running a special cyber defense team to prevent attacks against major
private and public computer networks.
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