Posts tagged “South Korea”
This post is an introduction to Asia Chats a research project analyzing
information controls and privacy in mobile messaging applications used
in Asia. The project will produce a series of reports that will begin
with a focus on WeChat, LINE, and KakaoTalk. Reports will include
analysis based on our technical investigation of censorship or
surveillance functionality, assessment of privacy issues surrounding
these applications’ use and storage of user data, and comparison of the
terms of service and privacy policies of the applications.
Blue Coat Devices capable of filtering, censorship, and surveillance are being used around the world. 61 of these Blue Coat appliances are on public or government networks in countries with a history of concerns over human rights, surveillance, and censorship. Our findings support the need for national and international scrutiny of Blue Coat implementations in the countries we have identified, and a closer look at the global proliferation of “dual-use” information and communication technologies.
Source: Dancho Danchev, ZDNet
According to an independent report published in Korea’s JoongAng Daily, Seoul’s Metropolitan Police Agency has intercepted a cyber attack plot orchestrated by North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau.
In Asia, home to everything from free-wheeling democracies to totalitarian regimes and others in between, many governments are increasingly realizing that controlling online content, including dissent, just will not work.
“Here’s a tale of two societies. The South Korean communications commission is planning to boost broadband speeds in that country tenfold by the end of 2012. That means Koreans will get one gigabit per second (Gbps) connections by next year, which is 200 times as fast as the 5Mbps ADSL connection which is common in the UK. Meanwhile, back in the middle ages (aka Whitehall next Wednesday), a ministerial summit on “net neutrality” convened by the culture secretary Ed Vaizey will hear how Britain’s internet service providers (ISPs) plan to throttle still further the measly internet access they provide to the citizens of the UK in order to boost their bottom lines and reduce competition.”
From The Guardian
“DDoS(Distributed Denial of Service) attack is now on Korean websites including government webpages. We’re on emergency response with our all resources including ASEC and CERT, providing emergency antivirus solution.
This case is very similar to DDoS attack on July 7, 2009 which hit all over Korea. Identified malicious codes are as below: ntcm63.dll, SBUpdate.exe, ntds50.dll, watcsvc.dll, soetsvc.dll, mopxsvc.dll, SBUpdate.exe
AhnLab predicted that there is strong possibility of occuring one more time on 18:00 today in Korean Time.”
From Ahnlab Security Blog
“South Korea has been hit by a series of cyber attacks which have targeted some of the country’s leading websites.
Government ministries, the National Assembly, the military headquarters, US Forces in Korea and major banks were among those hit.
It is believed that the attackers injected malware into two peer-to-peer file-sharing websites.”
From BBC News