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N. Korea's hacking capabilities advance
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:22:36 -0500 (CDT)

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/04/11/79/0301000000AEN20130411008351320F.HTML

By Kim Kwang-tae
yonhapnews.co.kr
April 11, 2013

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A technical blunder by a hacker appears to have reinforced what South Korea has long suspected: North Korea has been behind several hacking attacks on South Korea in recent years.

The unidentified hacker accessed South Korean routes on Feb. 22 via an Internet Protocol (IP), just weeks before the massive hacking attack that paralyzed networks of South Korean financial firms and broadcasters.

The hacker exposed the IP address (175.45.178.xx) for up to several minutes due to technical problems in a communication network, giving South Korea a rare clue into tracing the origin of the hacking attack that took place on March 20, according to South Korean officials.

The IP address, the online equivalent of a street address or a phone number, is registered in Ryugyong-dong in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, according to the state-run Korea Internet & Security Agency.

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