‘Thousands’ of cyber attacks against the South
North Korea has staged thousands of cyber attacks against the South in recent years, causing financial losses of around $805m, a Seoul lawmaker said on Tuesday citing government data.
“A lot of data related to our national infrastructure, including chemical storage facilities and information relating to personal financial dealings have been stolen,” ruling party MP Chung Hee-Soo said.
According to the information provided by the Defence Ministry’s cyber warfare unit, Chung told parliament that the South Korean military alone had been the target of 6 392 North Korean cyber attacks that varied in scale since 2010.
Attacks included website intrusions, malware deployments and the use of virus-carrying e-mails.
“Our military’s cyber warfare ability to fend off such attacks… is incomparable to the North’s, which is known to be one of the world’s best,” Chung said.
Recent high-profile cyber attacks have targeted commercial banks, government agencies, TV broadcasters and media websites.
The resulting financial damage since 2009 amounts to some 860 billion won ($805m), Chung said.
North Korea has denied any involvement and accused Seoul of fabricating the incidents to fan cross-border tension.
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