A 2013 cyberattack in South Korea caused chaos in a number of companies across the country. Seoul is very much disturbed about this attack that took place on March 20, 2013, because it’s not the first time South Korea’s computer system was attacked.
A 2013 cyberattack in South Korea caused chaos in a number of companies across the country.
Seoul is very much disturbed about this attack that took place on March 20, 2013, because it’s not the first time South Korea’s computer system was attacked. A cyberattack, called “Dark Seoul” hit South Korean’s computers and paralyzed the work of almost 50,000 machines at various bank and media companies preventing computers from normal work and even wiping the data on the computers. The attack had been assigned level 3 on the 5-level scale. Bank customers couldn’t make any financial operations like receiving money from ATM or making online money transfers.
The attack itself looked like the targeted fishing. Victims, mostly the employees of the nuclear operator received an e-mail with a document that contained dangerous code. Once the document had been opened, the virus infected the victim’s computer and tried to give access to the machine to other people by opening a so-called backdoor. The “Dark Seoul” attack caused more than $800 million of losses.
South Korean IT-specialists traced back the origin of the virus and claim that it is North Korea that’s standing behind this attack. According to the report, the IP-addresses that were used in the attack, lead to Shenyang, China. And the code in the attack is similar to the “Kimsuky” code that is being used by North Korea.
While Pyonhyang denies all the accusations, experts say that North Korea is spending more money on cyber weaponry because it is cheaper than usual arms. Also cyberattacks can cause much more damage to South Korea and it’s easier to hide the traces of this type of attack. South Korea’s Department of Defence says that North Korea has its own cyber army that consist’s of 6,000 cyber warriors, and attacks are coming regularly, but only few and major of them are being shown in the news.