Hackers in China have stolen secrets on South Korea‘s defense and foreign affairs by using fake emails claiming to come from Seoul officials and diplomats, a spokesman for the South Korean National Intelligence Service told AFP.
Hackers sent emails purporting to be from South Korean diplomats, presidential aides and other people familiar to Seoul officials. The messages, disguised as important information on North Korea’s economy, contained attachments with malware. When recipients clicked on the attachment, the virus began downloading documents onto their computer, the spokesman said.
A North Korean lawmaker told parliament yesterday a “considerable volume of classified documents” was feared to have been leaked from the defense ministry and the foreign ministry, AFP reported.
The South Korean intelligence chief blamed North Korea for cyber attacks from China-based servers that briefly paralyzed U.S. and South Korean government and commercial websites last year. U.S. officials, however, have ruled out North Korea as the origin of the cyber attacks.