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Jack Kim
Thursday, July 9, 2009

A fresh wave of cyber attacks that slowed U.S. and South Korean websites this week hit more targets Thursday, a Web security firm said, while the South’s spy agency has said the hacking may be linked to North Korea.

The impact of the attacks, aimed so far at dozens of sites including the White House and the South’s presidential office, was seen as negligible, experts said, but served as a reminder that Pyongyang has been planning for cyber warfare.


“The anticipated attack did take place, but considerable countermeasures were taken and it did act as a defence to some degree,” an official at the online security firm Ahnlab said.

Some South Korean government websites, including the Defence Ministry and the National Intelligence Service, were affected. Access to some U.S. government sites, including the State and Defence Department, from South Korea appeared to be disabled.

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This article was posted: Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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