Throughout Seoul, lines were forming at dead ATM machines. Seoul is a city where no one uses cash, and when the online infrastructure is down, delayed, or damaged, the entire city grinds to a halt; South Korea even makes movies on iPhones, so you know they depend on their WiFi. Yesterday was a rough day for South Korea. Hackers launched a cyberattack against South Korea, taking down two banks and three television networks. The hackers were believed to have been from North Korea as part of an escalating series of gestures against the South.
North Korea has already ended the armistice with the South and launched physical attacks, and the cyberattack ploy is nothing new. North and South Korea are believed to have engaged in covert cyberwar attacks against one another for years, and North Korea recently blamed the South and US for outages in its official websites. North Korea is believed to be behind the recent hacking attacks on the South’s infrastructure, and experts believe only a coordinated hacking effort could take down so many targets at the same time.
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