Computer attacks on South Korea may enter a new phase

Member States have to redefine security policies

The attacks that South Korea and the United States have received in recent days, via the Internet and directed at dozens of private and public sites, may from now on enter a new phase.

The claimer is a government agency in South Korea and a local security company, quoted by Reuters.

If so far the attacks have not had serious consequences for the affected sites, which only temporarily lose their ability to respond, due to the high number of requests that the denail of service attack causes, the security company Ahnlab argues that a new one may be underway threat targeting personal computers.

The company believes that thousands of machines could be affected.

If this new wave of attacks is confirmed, the ability to start machines will be affected and access to archive files will not be possible.

Yesterday, when seven new attacks on websites were registered in Korea, authorities admitted that they were reinforcing security measures because they believed that new attacks could be underway, this time targeting critical infrastructure in the country.

South Korean authorities have pointed out suspicions as to the origin of the attacks for North Korea’s neighbors, but so far there are no definitive conclusions from the investigations that have been carried out regarding the provenance of the attacks, which began on Saturday.

Different sources report different information.

Reuters cites a list of five countries, released by the Korean Communications Commission, which does not include the name of neighboring North Korea.

The Associated Press, on the other hand, speaks of a list of 16 countries, drawn up by the Korean secret services to locate the source of the attacks which, according to this data, would have originated from 86 IP addresses in countries such as South Korea, the United States, Japan or Guatemala.