07 Mar '11, 10am

Zombie computers destroy own hard drives in DDoS attack: SIXTY-TWO hard disc drives were destroyed as of Sunday

SIXTY-TWO hard disc drives were destroyed as of Sunday among an estimated 34,000 zombie computers mobilised to carry out massive cyber attacks on the web sites of South Korea's key government agencies and financial institutions on Friday and Saturday, government officials said. The web sites of about 30 government agencies and financial institutions came under a so-called 'distributed denial-of-service' (DDoS) attack for a second day on Saturday but suffered minor damage, thanks to the distribution of anti-virus programmes and government alerts on the cyber attack, officials at the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said. The zombie computers were forecast to destroy their respective hard drives four or seven days after they had been hit by the malicious codes. The earlier-than-expected damage, however, came on the heels of new orders that were led by servers that sprea...

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