North Korean Cyber-Terrorists Launch Attacks on South Korea and the Mourning US
This week North Korean cyber terrorists are believed to have attacked websites in both the United States and South Korea. While Americans and the world were saying good bye to popular late night friend, Ed McMahon computercyber offical website , remembering Farrah Faucet, celebrating the music of Michael Jackson and pondering over future custody arrangements for Michael Jackson’s three children, the trouble that has been brewing in North Korea like a poisonous cauldron finally boiled over and starting spilling out the world.
During President Bush’s administration, threats of North Korean nuclear testing were bubbling and while the focus may have shifted under Obama’s administration, the heat has never really been turned down. The North Korean threats migrated from big what ifs to very specific and human targets this spring. Two American journalists were held and convicted for “illegal border crossing and unspecified grave crime,” with a penalty of 12 years of reform through labor.
North Korean Cyber Attacks: What Really Happened?
According to Johannes Ulrich, SANS Internet Storm Center’s chief technology officer, the attacks began over the holiday weekends as Americans celebrated July fourth.
Targets in the United States included:
– The White House
– Department of Transportation, (DOT)
– Department of Homeland Security
– Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA)
– National Security Agency, (NSA)
– The State Department
– U.S. Postal Service
– U.S. Treasury Department
– Federal Trade Commission
– A Pentagon website
– A website for U.S. Forces in South Korea
The results of the cyber terrorists attacks, confirmed by officials, were that the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department sites “were all down at various points over the weekend and into this week and some of the sites were still experiencing problems on Tuesday evening after the attack.’
The cyber terrorist attacks also affected South Korean government agencies and banks, leaving them with inaccessible or unusable websites.
“This is not a simple attack by individuals. The attack appeared to have been elaborately prepared and staged by a certain organization or state,” Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a statement. The NIS also stated that, “US authorities were cooperating to track down those responsible for hijacking 12,000 personal computers in South Korea and 8,000 abroad which were exploited as vehicles for the attacks.”
Cyber Attacks in Lay Terms:
The recent cyber attacks were called a “denial of service” or DOS attack. It is similar to the messages on web sites consumers may encounter when a web site is overloading, such as when visiting a coupon site or special event at a shopping web site.