Defense Committee Staffers' E-mails Hacked

      November 12, 2010 09:14

      The National Intelligence Service is investigating hacker attacks on the e-mail accounts of an assistant to Grand National Party Rep. Won Yoo-chul, who chairs the National Assembly Defense Committee, and a Democratic Party staffer of the committee. The NIS believes the attacks were launched by China-based North Korean hackers.

      According to a committee staffer, the NIS has told National Assembly offices it is keeping close watch on some IP addresses in China since recent hacker attacks were carried out through one of them which is on a blacklist.

      The NIS is investigating whether the hacked e-mails contained any national secrets. In the run-up to the G20 Seoul Summit there have been a series of attacks by North Korean hackers on computers of South Korean officials, including a Cheong Wa Dae staffer, an intelligence officer said.

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