03 May '11, 6am

South Korea says North Korea staged cyber attack on bank

South Korea says North Korea staged cyber attack on bank

SEOUL : North Korea was to blame for a cyber-attack that paralysed operations at one of South Korea's largest banks last month, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The North brought down the computer system of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, or Nonghyup, by hacking into a laptop of a computer security official and making it into a "zombie computer" operated remotely, the Seoul prosecutors' office said. "This was unprecedented cyber-terror deliberately planned and premeditated... and involving North Korea," it said in a statement. The attack left thousands of customers unable to access their money for three days. The pattern used to spread malicious codes and the IP address of an overseas server used for the attack were identical to those used in previous cyber-attacks by the North, the prosecutors' office said. Seoul accused Pyongyang of staging cyber-attacks on...

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