Tensions in South East Asia are high at the moment, due to North Korean posturing, and recent events show that the internet is very much becoming part of the simmering conflict between the dictatorship and the surrounding nations.
One incident that shows this is the revelation that North Korea was behind a powerful cyber attack last month that targeted broadcasters and banks in South Korea.
According to the South Korean Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) the attack came from the North Korean military intelligence agency.
“It was a premeditated, well-planned cyber attack by North Korea”, a KISA spokesman said.
KISA said that the attack had been prepared for at least eight months and identified the origin of the attack as six computers in North Korea.
The North Korean attack used malware, which infected computers and wiped the contents of their hard drives.
According to KISA, 48,700 machines, including PCs, automatic teller machines at banks and servers were affected by the malware.
Some people might think that it’s a good thing that South Korea isn’t a member of NATO. The organisation recently saw the release of the Tallinn Manual on how nations can/should react to cyber attacks. And it’s more than likely, that the recent North Korean malware attack would be ample reason for South Korea to launch missiles at the location of the six North Korean computers.
A bit further to the East, officials in the Japanese city Yokohama must be holding their heads in shame these days.
In what might go down in the history books as one of the biggest mistweets of the seven-year history of Twitter, the official Twitter account of Yokohama erroneously reported that North Korea had launched a missile attack on Japan. The tweet stayed up for 20 minutes, giving Yokohama’s 42,000 followers plenty of time to get heart attacks, frantically sign wills and do whatever people do, when they think their world is about to end.
Yokohama later released an apology for the tweet on its website, saying that it had prepared the tweet just in case.
If you’re Doug Olenick, you’re probably surprised that the world is still standing.