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July 10, 2013

McAfee: Hackers are Going After South Korean and US Military Secrets

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Cybersecurity in the 21st century has become all the more difficult as the number of different hackers and creators of malware increases. Sometimes the hacking is something that simply meant as a bit of a joke on the target. Other times there is clear financial gain to be made from getting access to online databases. Those issues are serious enough, but when the hacking is actually of an installation such as a government agency, the hacking becomes a problem that can affect tens of millions of people. The South Korean and U.S. militaries are dealing with such attacks right now, which has made quite a few people rather nervous.

The same hackers who wiped the hard drives of more than 10,000 South Korean computers have returned and this time it appears they are actually trying to steal information. McAfee (News - Alert) labs said that the group has managed to create malware that actually invaded computers and scanned them for keywords such as “weapon,” “U.S. Army” and “secret.” Once the malware was able to catalogue the contents of the computer, the hackers could take the files they wanted, almost at will.

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McAfee added that the attacks are part of a larger offensive that has been going on for more than three years. The cyber security firm says the programs that were used to wipe the computers and the programs that are used to steal information are very different. However, there were fingerprints behind the creation of both programs that made it possible to discover that the creators were one of the same. The problem is that despite the fact that the firm knows the hackers are the same, there isn’t an indication that South Korea or the U.S. governments are any closer to discovering who these attackers are.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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