THE NEW U.S CYBER COMMAND
A cyber attack began on Saturday 07/04/2009, the USA Independence Day holiday, in USA, diverted to South Korea and continued to affect access to several sites well into Tuesday.
South Korea came under a sever cyber assault, probably the first of its kind in its extent, that has paralyzed the websites of major government agencies, banks and internet service providers. Many millions of computers were ordered and orchestrated by malicious viruses, planted in the computers by seemingly harmless e-mails, to surf simultaneously to specific designated websites.
“The attacks consisted of massive harmful traffic to specific sites causing access slowdown or disablement, and some national institutions, banks and media sites have been targeted,” South Korea’s Communications Commission said in a statement.
Ahn Jeong-eun, a spokeswoman for the government’s Korea Information Security Agency, said the attacks appeared to be linked to an ongoing and unusually resilient attack against government websites in the US, including sites for the US treasury and the Secret Service.
Ahn Jeong-eun said that initial investigations showed the attacks appeared aimed only at paralyzing access to the sites, which is relatively much easier, rather than hacking into secure networks or stealing information.
Russian government officials denied involvement, but after investigating domain names and website registration data, a group of independent Western computer experts concluded that the Russian security and military intelligence agencies were involved.
Mounting such an attack can be relatively easy, including for terror organizations of all kinds, using widely available hacking programs, but they can be made far more serious if hackers infect and use thousands of computers – often without owners’ knowledge – tied together into “botnets”.
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