On Korea War Anniversary, Hackers Hit Both Sides

Anonymous group involved

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2013 6:45 AM CDT | Updated Jun 25, 2013 7:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War, and both Koreas found themselves under attack once more—cyberattack, in this case. Key North and South Korean government and media websites mysteriously went down for hours, the AP reports. Hackers from Anonymous had announced plans to attack North Korea, and claimed credit for it on Twitter. They said nothing about the attacks on the South, but whoever committed them left an Anonymous calling card as well.

A South Korean presidential website was briefly splashed with an image in red saying, "Great leader Kim Jong-un" and another saying "We Are Anonymous. We Are Legion. We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget. Expect Us," the Yonhap News Agency reports. There have been no reports thus far of sensitive military systems being hit, but the military upped its Information Operation Condition, deploying more cyber security workers and increasing surveillance as a precaution.

South Korean army's 155 mm howitzers fire during a military exercise to mark the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War in Yeoncheon near the demilitarized zone, June 25, 2013.
South Korean army's 155 mm howitzers fire during a military exercise to mark the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War in Yeoncheon near the demilitarized zone, June 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lim Byung-shick)
This US Army image shows a chaplain, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, right, and a medical officer, Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, carrying an exhausted Soldier off a battlefield in Korea, Nov. 1950.
This US Army image shows a chaplain, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, right, and a medical officer, Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, carrying an exhausted Soldier off a battlefield in Korea, Nov. 1950.   (AP Photo/US Army)
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