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posted by janrinok on Wednesday December 07 2016, @12:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the never-underestimate-your-enemy dept.

South Korea's military cyber command, set up to guard against hacking, appears to have been breached by North Korea, the military has said.

A spokesman told the BBC that classified information was thought to have been stolen, although it is not clear exactly what data was accessed.

The North has previously been accused of hacking into banks and media outlets but never the South's military. Pyongyang has in the past rejected allegations of cyber crime involvement.

"It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been hacked," a military spokesman told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

It is not clear whether low-grade documents or more important details like war plans were accessed.

The military said that the compromised section of its network was isolated once the attack was detected.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:01AM (#438149)

    ...we begin bombing in 5 minutes...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:37AM (#438174)

      China might have something to say about that...

      ...because you might hit one of their many hackers currently working there...

      Oops...did I just let the cat out of the bag?

  • (Score: 2) by Geotti on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:27AM

    by Geotti (1146) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:27AM (#438158) Journal

    the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware

    Cool... That must be one hell of a beowulf cluster right there, or the South has some major issues.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by bob_super on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:30AM

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:30AM (#438159)

    > set up to guard against hacking, appears to have been breached by North Korea

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maginot_Line [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:37AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:37AM (#438160) Journal

    military intelligence

    That old joke about the land of milk and honey - here is an amusing take on the oxymoron by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon Temple Emanu-El Tucson, Arizona

    http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/worship/shabbat/sermons/1242-the-right-kind-of-spies-rabbi-cohon-s-sermon-on-shlach-lecha-5776 [templeemanueltucson.org]

  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:26AM (#438170)

    Mainframe security generally sucks. Only thing working for it is not that many people get to play with one unless they pirate an emulator.

    • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @08:12AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @08:12AM (#438250)

      Actually MF security is very good. Unless some twit doesn't implement it properly. Or if you have rogue admins.

      • (Score: 2) by Webweasel on Wednesday December 07 2016, @10:08PM

        by Webweasel (567) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @10:08PM (#438535) Homepage Journal

        not if they are running Oracle....

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @03:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @03:01AM (#438185)

    the day that south korea doenst get hacked is the day microsoft makes machetes...

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @03:58AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @03:58AM (#438201)

    The $400 billion that the NK hackers stole isn't needed anymore because SCOTUS ruled against Apple.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by PinkyGigglebrain on Wednesday December 07 2016, @06:02AM

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @06:02AM (#438224)

    When I hear claims about NK hackers breaking into this company or that organization I always have to wonder. If there really is such a group of Super Wizard class hackers who can do all this stuff in NK how come it is always seems so easy to track their attacks back to them? If they really are that good why couldn't they erase their tracks or alter them to look like it came from somewhere else, like Russia or Iran.

    Not saying the NorKs don't have hackers, every country does now a days, but it just seems to be too convenient that all these major Internet attacks against SK and many other Asian entities all seem to track back to NK.

    More likely the victim just doesn't want to admit that they were fools and left the firewall passwords as defaults.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:22PM (#438341)

      well there are countries were the government takes control ... of all: people, business, industry, etc.
      they mean business but they also have responsibilities.

      in other countries, the government is a job like any other but will special perks.
      mostly pushing paper and making propaganda.
      they aren't "really" in control because money rules and mostly
      stand in between the people and the business / industry.

      in the first case, hackers are direct subordinates of the government whilst in the second
      case, hackers and there "produce" are a asset that needs to be milked for profit.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @09:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @09:13AM (#438265)

    Please remember that the Korea divide was engineered by the forces that were active right after WW2. The divide was made with bad intentions. They did not want a united Korea competing against American-controlled Japan.

    Korea was divided for material gain. It is like the Berlin Wall [wikipedia.org].

    So calling DPRK "enemy" means the same people (north and south) are enemies of each other just like East and West Germans were enemies of each other. Hint: they weren't. And North and South Koreans aren't either.

    Everybody needs an enemy I suppose.

    • (Score: 2) by tibman on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:59PM

      by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:59PM (#438355)

      Yes, the South is the Enemy of the North. The North randomly fires artillery on civilians in the South. They torpedoed the Cheonan. They mined the DMZ. They open dams with zero warning. There is a history of aggression from the North.

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      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Wednesday December 07 2016, @05:38PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @05:38PM (#438435)

        > There is a history of aggression from the North.

        While the South is only populated with friendly ponies and unicorns happily spreading fairy dust on anything that doesn't sparkle or starve from arbitrary international sanctions.

        • (Score: 2) by tibman on Wednesday December 07 2016, @06:57PM

          by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 07 2016, @06:57PM (#438467)

          I can't tell if you are agreeing with me or not : P

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07 2016, @01:02PM (#438306)

    Hacked Korea is best Korea!

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:17PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Wednesday December 07 2016, @02:17PM (#438339) Journal

    The guys at NK Cyber Command wanted to get the latest episode of "Moon Lovers [inquisitr.com]."

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    Washington DC delenda est.