Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

A South Korean office attacked by unknown hackers, March 20, 2013.
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July 10, 2013 - CISAC In the News

Reports indicate North Korea behind cyber attacks on South Korea, U.S. military

Appeared in The New York Times, July 8, 2013

A new report by McAfee Labs has traced cyberattacks on South Korean and U.S. military systems to as early as 2009. Researchers found that the malware searched infected systems for keywords, which sent files like documents, reports and presentations back to hackers. An investigation began after the March 20 "Dark Seoul" attacks, where television and banking were disrupted across South Korea. The McAfee report will be issued publicly later in July.

CISAC cyber fellow Tim Junio says that the McAfee report provides "compelling evidence" that North Korea is involved, and that the attackers did not need to be particularly sophisticated to cause major damage.


Topics: Cybersecurity | Military | North Korea | South Korea