[ISN] Evidence Points to N.Korea in Hacker Attack on Bank

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 00:40:56 -0500 (CDT)

The Chosunilbo
May 4, 2011

A computer network breakdown on April 12 in agricultural cooperative 
lender Nonghyup was the result of a cyber attack North Korea's General 
Bureau of Reconnaissance prepared meticulously for more than seven 
months, a spokesman for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office 
said Tuesday.

A North Korean source said the bureau's department in charge of 
technological affairs probably carried out the attack. It reportedly has 
about 1,000 hackers under its control.

The bureau, which consists of six departments and handles operations 
against South Korea, is believed to have masterminded the sinking of the 
Navy corvette Cheonan in March last year.

According to prosecutors, North Korean hackers planted a virus in a 
laptop owned by an IBM Korea employee identified as Han last September. 
After finding out that Han was in charge of the bank's computer network 
maintenance at subcontractor IBM Korea, the hackers stole Internet 
Protocol addresses to break into the bank network. They activated the 
virus and paralyzed the bank servers on April 12, three days before 
North Korean founder Kim Il-sung's birthday.


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