Untangling the News from South Korea

Published: 2013-03-20
Last Updated: 2013-03-20 18:41:52 UTC
by Kevin Liston (Version: 1)
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The morning has brought a lot of links pointing to a number of different computer security incidents coming out of South Korea.  It certainly sounds like the end of the world if you lump all together and attribute them to a single actor.  However I don't think that is case.

Sifting through them I can tease out what appear to be 4 different threads to the story.  In no particular order I have seen:

I'd like to urge readers to not link these 4 events together without additional analysis.  Kaspersky linked the defacement with the wiper malware, despite this same warning being present in the news article that they linked to (I still heart you guys though.)  The timelines on these events are still not clear, and the methods indicate different actors and motivations to me.

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Do you think that one incident triggered a piling-on affect among non-coordinated actors?
I've been keeping a blog post updated as events unfold here. I'm tracking what we know, what's changed and some analyses of the information.
http://stratigossecurity.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-media-and-banks-under-cyberattack/
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