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South Korea says PCs could be hit next in web attack
Posted By admin On July 10, 2009 @ 3:40 am In World News | Comments Disabled
Friday, July 10, 2009
Cyber attacks slowing U.S. and South Korean websites could enter a new phase on Friday by attacking personal computers and wiping out hard disks, a South Korean government agency and web security firm said.
North Korea was originally a prime suspect for launching the cyber attacks, but the isolated state was not named on a list of five countries where the attacks may have originated, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said.
The attacks targeting dozens of government and business sites in South Korea and the United States did not cause major damage or security breaches, experts said, but the KCC warned a new phase at 4 p.m. British time on Friday could cause severe damage to PCs.
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Leading South Korean web security firm Ahnlab, which has closely examined the attacks, said the new phase would target data on tens of thousands of infected personal computers.
“The affected computers will not be able to boot and their storage files will be disabled,” said Lee Byung-cheol of Ahnlab.
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