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South Korea to Build Cyber-Attack Tools: Report
Source: http://www.presstv.ir
Source Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Feb 25, 2014

South Korea’s Defense Ministry plans to develop cyber-attack tools that will be used by its army in potential operations against North Korean nuclear facilities, a report says. The BBC reported on Friday that Seoul seeks to build the cyber-weapons with the South Korean army carrying out missions using them. The South Korean Defense Ministry reported its plan to the government on February 19, Yonhap news agency said. The development of weapons, which are capable of physically damaging North Korea’s nuclear plants and missile facilities, is the second phase of a strategy that started in 2010. The first part of the ongoing plan is to conduct online propaganda operations via posting to North Korean social networking and social media services. “Once the second phase plan is established, the cybercommand will carry out comprehensive cyberwarfare missions,” said a top South Korean Defense Ministry official, whose name was not mentioned in the report. South Korea’s cyberwarfare command, which will use the weapons, has been accused of using its psychological warfare capabilities on its own population in an effort to influence voters in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. In February 2013, North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out its third underground nuclear test, which involved a “miniaturized” device and was conducted in a “perfect manner.” The nuclear test drew immediate condemnation from the UN and several countries including the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan. In December 2012, Pyongyang also announced that it had launched a long-range rocket from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and successfully placed a satellite into orbit. The UN Security Council condemned Pyongyang for the rocket launch.
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