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Four-year hacking spree in South Korea blamed on 'Dark Seoul Gang'
Reuters ^ | 06/26/2013 | Jim Finkle

Posted on 06/27/2013 6:45:35 PM PDT by TexGrill

(Reuters) - Researchers with U.S. security software maker Symantec Corp say they have uncovered digital evidence that links cyber attacks on South Korea dating back four years to a single hacking group dubbed the "Dark Seoul Gang."

Eric Chien, technical director with Symantec Security Response, said late on Wednesday that his firm made the connection while reviewing malicious software code used to launch attacks that disrupted some South Korean government websites earlier in the week.

He said that the evidence did not uncover the identity of the gang members.

North Korea has been blamed for previous cyber attacks on South Korean banks and government networks, although Pyongyang denies responsibility and has said it has also been a victim.

Symantec researchers found chunks of code that were identical to code in malicious programs used in four previous significant attacks, the first of which happened on July 4, 2009, according to Chien.

"We know that they are one gang," he said. "It is extremely well coordinated."

He estimates that the group has between 10 and 50 members, based on the sophistication of the code and the complexity of their attacks.

The July 4, 2009, attack wiped data on PCs and also launched distributed denial of service attacks that disrupted websites in South Korea as well as the United States.

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