Threats, Missiles and now Cyber Attacks
July 8, 2009 Leave a comment
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the nation’s principal spy agency, reports that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks over the 4th of July weekend, targeting various U.S. and South Korean government websites. A Defense Department official, told the same story to Fox News earlier today.
Many government websites were affected by the attack, including those of the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, Transportation Department, the White House, Pentagon, State Department, Homeland Security and National Security Agency, as well as the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq stock market and The Washington Post.
It is believed that the outages at the websites were caused by so-called denial of service attacks in which floods of computers all try to connect to a single site at the same time, overwhelming the server that handles the traffic.