N.Korea 'Hacked E-Mails of Computer Security Boffins'

      November 17, 2011 12:55

      The National Intelligence Service has concluded that North Korea was behind a hacking attack on the e-mail accounts of 27 alumni of Korea University's Graduate School of Information Security.

      "Analysis of the malware used to hack into the e-mail accounts confirmed that it is identical to malicious codes spread by North Korea," an NIS official said Wednesday. "We have tentatively concluded that North Korean hackers were behind the attack and are tracking the source."

      The NIS is conducting a joint investigation with the police.

      The malware is spread attached to Korean-language files and automatically saved on a computer when the file is opened. It is activated when the attachment is opened, and the data and e-mail stored in the computer are automatically transmitted to the hacker.

      The reason North Korea tried to hack into the e-mail accounts is because most of the school's graduates get jobs either at the Defense Ministry, NIS or other government security agency, intelligence officials believe.

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