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S. Korea steps up cybersecurity on utilities

2018/02/13 11:00

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SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has been stepping up cybersecurity measures on public utilities to fend off potential attacks on major infrastructure during the Winter Olympics and enhance public safety, the energy ministry said Tuesday.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it has enhanced the level of cybersecurity at major energy providers in Gangwon Province, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The measure will help ensure a stable supply of electricity to the sports venues and the accommodations for athletes and delegates.

Authorities said it will continue to check cybersecurity of key facilities operated by the Korea Electric Power Corp., the state-run power providers, and the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., the nation's sole nuclear operator, during the Winter Games that run until Feb. 25.

The government said it will maintain an emergency response system during the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Thursday, to detect early signs of hacking attempts into the major utility systems.

A cybersecurity worker checks the central control system at PyeongChang Olympic Plaza in PyeongChang, the host city of the Winter Olympics, on Feb. 4, 2018, in this photo provided by the Presidential Security Service. (Yonhap) A cybersecurity worker checks the central control system at PyeongChang Olympic Plaza in PyeongChang, the host city of the Winter Olympics, on Feb. 4, 2018, in this photo provided by the Presidential Security Service. (Yonhap)

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