May 11, 2011 11:10
North Korea on Tuesday vehemently denied South Korean allegations that it was behind a hacker attack on the computer network of agricultural lender Nonghyup. South Korean investigators have blamed North Korea's General Bureau of Reconnaissance, which oversees all espionage operations against South Korea.
But North Korea claims the charge is a "fabrication" by South Korea just like the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in March last year. This is the first time that North Korea has expressly denied a cyber attack against South Korea. The North is also accused of being behind a couple of cyber attacks in July last year and March this year that paralyzed South Korean and U.S. websites, but has made no comment.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement by the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces on Tuesday saying the charges by South Korean prosecutors are a fabrication "aimed at intensifying anti-North Korean sentiment in the South." It added cyber warfare tactics were originally developed by the U.S. in order to attack others without exposing itself and that such methods are "specialized forms of invasion by America."
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