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South fingers North in March cyberattacks

South Korea’s government has concluded the March 20 cyberattacks that hit three of the country’s TV broadcasters and three of its banks were launched by attackers linked to the North Korean government.

The attacks began at 2pm local time on March 20 and caused the complete deletion of data on hard disk drives in roughly 48,000 personal computers inside broadcasters KBS, MBC and YTN, and the Shinhan, Nonghyup and Jeju Banks.

North Korean hackers were suspected almost immediately although unusually the government in Seoul wasn’t quick to point its finger. Officials launched an investigation and it was the preliminary conclusions of that work More >