[ISN] Foreign Hackers Attack 430 Korean Websites Per Day

InfoSec News isn at c4i.org
Fri Jan 7 07:42:02 EST 2005


Kim Hee-seop
Jan. 7, 2005 

It has been learned that around 4,000 Korean Internet homepages have
been hacked recently. The Ministry of Information and Communication
(MIC) said Friday that according to its calculations, foreign
professional hackers launched a daily average of 430 attacks on Korean
websites between Dec. 29 and Jan. 6 (Thursday) and interfered with the
administration of those sites.

Users were either unable to connect to hacked homepages, or
information on victimized sites failed to be properly displayed, with
opening screens being erased or suffering other damage.

The MIC said that most of the hacked sites were personal homepages or
websites of small and medium businesses, which often have weak
security capabilities and are vulnerable to attack. The hackers, who
are known to be part of a foreign hacking group, have concentrated
their assault on Internet bulletin boards written in PHP.

The MIC posted cautionary information Friday concerning Internet
security, and advised homepage administrators to quickly upgrade their

For information on hacking damage and ways to cope with the situation,
refer to the website of the Korea Internet Security Center at

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