N. Korea blasts South over game site hacking claims

August 14, 2011
South Koreans test a new version of online game "StarCraft 2" in Seoul. North Korea has lashed out at South Korea for accusing Pyongyang of hacking Seoul online game sites and stealing prize money, rejecting the allegations as an "unacceptable provocation."

North Korea on Sunday lashed out at South Korea for accusing Pyongyang of hacking Seoul online game sites and stealing prize money, rejecting the allegations as an "unacceptable provocation."

Seoul police said earlier this month they had busted a criminal gang which hired some 30 elite North Korean to break into online game sites and steal prize points worth 6.4 billion won ($5.9 million).

They said some of the proceeds for the hackers-- graduates of top colleges in Pyongyang and based in northeast China-- apparently went to the North's regime.

The North has been accused of several on the South in recent years, but this was the first reported case of hacking for profit.

But the North's state media described the accusation as "groundless slander" and an attempt by Seoul to justify its hard-line stance towards its communist neighbour.

"The enemy party (the South) should abandon its bad habit of frequently blaming others... and should shove the cheap gimmicks," the Korean Central News Agency said in a statement.

South Korea, the world's most wired nation with more than 90 percent of homes connected to the Internet, has previously expressed concern about cyber attacks from the North.

Seoul accused Pyongyang of staging major cyber attacks on websites of South Korean government agencies and in March this year and in July 2009.

In May South Korea said a North Korean cyber attack paralysed operations at one of its largest banks.

The isolated, impoverished North that reportedly operates elite hacker units has denied the charges.

Cross-border ties have been icy since Seoul accused Pyongyang of torpedoing a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives in March 2010.

The North denied involvement but went on to shell a border island that left four South Koreans dead last November.

Explore further: S.Korean government website hit by cyber attacks

Related Stories

South Korea to open cyber warfare school

June 29, 2011

South Korea's military will create a cyber warfare school to help combat growing Internet attacks from North Korea, an official said Wednesday.

Cyber attack on Seoul's Unification Ministry

August 9, 2011

The South Korean ministry which handles relations with North Korea has been targeted by hackers in the latest of a series of online attacks on government and corporate websites, an official said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Schlieren images reveal supersonic shock waves

August 27, 2015

NASA researchers in California are using a modern version of a 150-year-old German photography technique to capture images of shock waves created by supersonic airplanes. Over the past five years scientists from NASA's Armstrong ...

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.