Information related to Military Forces in Korea and Ruling Party Member Personal Information at Risk
[Taipei, 26 June, 2013] – The leading global security company Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO:4704), reports of another wave of targeted cyber-attacks on South Korean government and media agencies. The attack began around 9:30am, on the day of the Korean War anniversary, with the defacement of the Presidential Office – Cheong Wa Dae’s web site, and extending to the office of Government Policy Coordination.
The defaced website showed message that read “Great leader Kim Jong-un" - North Korea’s top Leader. The unidentified attacker claims to be part of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, who was involved in recent #OpPetrol and #OpUSA operations, and has posted online what may be 20,000 military personnel information. Website defacement is only the tip of the iceberg; personal identifiable information of the members of the military and government, including the Presidential Office, and the ruling Saenuri party has been compromised.
According to Trend Micro, the attacker took an unprecedented approach in compromising a cloud storage provider to harvest a large number of botnet in a short period of time. By compromising the server which hosted the client installation program (SIMDisk Installer EXE), and its update server, a significant number of PCs are compromised when the cloud storage client program automatically updates. Compared to the previous cyber-attack in March, the attacker has taken this to a whole new level. Instead of compromising an update server within an organization, the attacker compromised a cloud storage provider.
Trend Micro predicts that cyber-attacks will continue to breach critical systems such as application update servers. Therefore, application provider must take greater care in securing their update infrastructure. Secondly, end users should be cautious of freeware and only install programs from trusted vendor.
To prevent such an attack, organizations must ensure their critical systems are patched immediately and monitored for unauthorized changes.
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