Wave of cyber attacks;China blamed

Chinese hackers have been blamed for a wave of attacks on South Korean government computers, the latest in a series of internet security breaches in which China is alleged to have been involved.

The US, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama are among other victims of suspected Chinese cyber sabotage in recent years.Nearly 300 South Korean government computers have been infected recently with viruses capable of stealing passwords and other sensitive information.

The National Assembly and an atomic energy research institute are among 10 agencies penetrated by the hackers, who were traced to China by the Korean intelligence service.
“The government views this incident as a threat to national security,” said the spy agency.

It was unclear whether the cases involved amateur hackers or, as South Korean newspapers are speculating, state-sponsored espionage. One hacker was reportedly identified as a student at a foreign-language school run by the Chinese army.

Seoul has asked for help from China in tracking down the culprits. Beijing has not commented publicly about the case.

News source: Financial Times

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