China 'hacked' into secret S. Korea military files

A South Korean lawmaker says Chinese hackers accessed information in Seoul's defence ministry computers
A woman uses a keyboard with key Chinese characters. Computer hackers from China last June gained access to secret South Korean military files on a planned spy plane purchase from the United States, a Seoul lawmaker says.

Chinese computer hackers last June gained access to secret South Korean military files on a planned spy plane purchase from the United States, a Seoul lawmaker says.

The hackers accessed information in defence ministry computers on the plan to buy unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, said Shin Hak-Yong, an opposition Democratic Party lawmaker and a member of parliament's defence committee.

"A government official reported the incident to me... the government has not raised the issue with yet and is still debating how to handle it," Shin's spokeswoman quoted him as saying, confirming his comments reported in Monday's Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

Seoul last year earmarked 45.2 billion won (40.4 million dollars) for the purchase following the North's alleged attack on a South Korean warship that left 46 sailors dead in March 2010.

Cross-border tensions escalated further after Pyongyang's shelling attack on a frontier island that killed four South Koreans including two civilians in November.

The aircraft are capable of monitoring up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the inter-Korean border.

Japan is also considering buying the unmanned spy plane, Chosun said, unnerving China which fears the neighbouring nations could keep watch over its own territory.

Ruling Grand National Party lawmaker Lee Sung-Hun, citing a government report, said 8,183 of 21,899 attempts last year to hack into South Korean government computer systems were made from China.


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Mar 07, 2011
"Cross-border tensions escalated further after Pyongyang's shelling attack on a frontier island that killed four South Koreans including two civilians in November"
-why are you drawing fictious line between south koreans and civilians? Are youi saying 4 military and 2 civilians, it is totally unclear.

J-n
Mar 07, 2011
Why are important confidential documents kept on networks that are accessible from the outside?? Would it not be more sane to keep these documents you want kept secret on networks that were not accessible to those who wish to do you harm?


Mar 07, 2011
There may come a time when we will need to either isolate other countries or ourselves from the internet.

Mar 08, 2011
Why are important confidential documents kept on networks that are accessible from the outside?? Would it not be more sane to keep these documents you want kept secret on networks that were not accessible to those who wish to do you harm?


Totally agree - I know for a fact that in New Zealand sensitive files from the defense and foreign affiars ministries are kept on intranets with no physical internet connection. I assume a lot of countries do the same.

The problem is communication though - any sensitive communication between the US and south korea about these planes would have been interceptable.

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