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South Korea: 20,000 computers used in cyber attack, North Korea suspected

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's Yonhap news agency says
military intelligence officers are investigating the possibility
that North Korean hackers may be behind suspected cyber attacks
that have paralyzed Web sites of major South Korean government
agencies, banks and Internet sites.
The sites of 11 organizations including the presidential Blue
House, the Defense Ministry, the National Assembly, Shinhan Bank,
Korea Exchange Bank and top Internet portal Naver went down or
began having access problems beginning last night.
South Korea's main spy agency says 12,000 computers in South
Korea and 8,000 computers overseas had been infected and used for
the cyber attack. It says the computers deluge the affected sites
with efforts to connect, overwhelming computer servers that handle
the traffic.
In May, South Korean media reported that North Korea was running
a cyber warfare unit that tries to hack into U.S. and South Korean
military networks. But South Korean officials say they have not yet
figured out where the attacks originated.
They say the attacks do appear to be linked to similar attacks
on U.S. agencies since the Fourth of July.


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