Saturday, October 17, 2009

North Korea Hacks South Korean Military Networks


A North Korea cyber warfare unit hacked into a South Korean military command earlier this year and stole some 2,000 national secrets, including information on toxic chemical makers, a news report said.

The North Korean unit hacked the army command in March and obtained its password for a database on how to respond to chemical accidents, Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

The report said the National Institute of Environmental Research, which set up the database, cut off its internet link to the army command a day after the attack after being tipped off by South Korea's spy agency.

The state-run research agency said some 2,000 secrets, including information on about 700 local toxic chemical manufacturers, appeared to have been leaked, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper cited the November edition of its sister company's magazine, Monthly Chosun, noting the magazine obtained the information from the prime minister's office.

South Korea's spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, declined to comment, citing national security reasons. Calls to the prime minister's office, the Defense Ministry and the National Institute of Environmental Research seeking comment went unanswered Saturday.

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