Cheong Wa Dae is trying to figure out what’s up, but the broadcasters have already told police they think it’s North Korea screwing with them. Police cyber terrorism personnel have been rushed to the broadcasters to investigate.
UPDATE: ZDNet Korea has got more. They think it’s a DDoS attack launched by malware believed to be North Korean in origin. The malware was discovered a year ago, but it’s really spread recently, particular through websites visited by military folk. MARMOT’S NOTE: Protect yourself from North Korean aggression. Install Linux.
And as AFC notes:
North Korea strikes again? Cyberwar is right up their street, cheap and deniable: whom are those US B-52s gonna bomb? bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…
— Aidan Foster-Carter (@fcaidan) March 20, 2013
UPDATE: KCC is saying that it isn’t a DDoS attack, but a malware thing done through hacking. No comment on whether North Korea did it. And oh yeah, public institutions are fine.
UPDATE: Before we jump to conclusions:
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 20, 2013
UPDATE: Just to repeat what I said on Twitter:
Personally, I blame the faulty security on the authorities’ misallocation of valuable cyber resources to fight Youporn and Redtube.
— The Marmot’s Feed (@rjkoehler) March 20, 2013
UPDATE: The government is now saying the malware—spread through a Patch Management System—destroyed PCs’ Master Boot Record (MBR). The networks are actually OK, but those affected can’t boot their computers. They also say this attack happened only in Korea.