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Suspected N. Korean hacking group steals military, diplomatic secrets

2013/09/12 16:27

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- A hacking group with suspected links to North Korea has conducted cyber espionage on a number of South Korean government agencies over the past three years, a local computer security firm said Thursday.

According to Hauri Inc., an anti-virus software maker, the methods employed by the hacking group in its attacks were similar to those used in recent attacks by North Korean hackers.

They have implanted malicious codes in the networks of the attacked agencies and stolen confidential military and diplomatic information, the company claimed.

Earlier in June, North Korea was presumed to have attacked the websites of South Korean presidential office, dozens of other government offices and local news outlets.

The latest series of attacks took place starting June 25, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War, until July 1, in which the websites of 69 government and private organizations, including the Prime Minister's Secretariat, were attacked.

North Korea is known to operate a cyber-warfare unit of 3,000 elite hackers who are trained to break into computer networks to steal information and distribute malware.

sam@yna.co.kr

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