North Korean Hackers Digitally Crossing the 38th Parallel



North Korea-sponsored hackers are attacking the South Korean military, the below-the-38th-parallel government is alleging. The North Korean government, however, has been silent on the allegations.

South Korea’s largest news agency, Yonhap News, reports that North Korean hackers infiltrated South Korea’s cyber command, marking “the first time that the data of South Korea’s cyber command has been compromised.” South Korea established the cyber command in January 2010, to fight off hacking attempts on its military.

According to Yonhap, the cyber command isolated the hacked server from its network to contain the spread of malware. However, it’s yet unclear what data the North Korean hackers were able to steal. 

According to another Yonhap report, the malware was initially injected into the server Aug. 4 but the South Korean military wasn’t aware of the intrusion until Sept. 30.

North Korean hackers gained notoriety in 2014, when they allegedly hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and destroyed company data, over the planned release of Seth Rogan’s satirical comedy, “The Interview.” In April, a high-ranking North Korean military officer who allegedly oversaw the country’s General Reconnaissance Bureau—which allegedly spearheaded the Sony data breach—defected to South Korea. 

In June, South Korea’s National Police Agency reported that North Korea hacked into computers at 160 South Korean companies and government agencies, allegedly stealing classified blueprints for the F-15 fighter jet.

Following the armistice in 1953, the peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel. In cyberspace operations, however, it seems one of the most heavily militarized border in the world is useless.

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