Category Archives: China -Korea

U.S. Defense Strategy Plan Focuses on Thwarting China, Iran – Businessweek

Jan. 4 Bloomberg — The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines must combine resources to thwart any efforts by countries such as China and Iran to block America’s access to the South China Sea, the Persian Gulf and other strategic regions, according to a draft of a Pentagon review.The military services must work more cooperatively to pool their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and cyber-security tools, as well as operational concepts, the review is expected to say, according to an administration official familiar with the review who asked not to be identified.The U.S. should be able to deter any emerging anti-access capabilities such as the diesel attack submarines being developed by China and the anti-ship ballistic missiles deployed by China and Iran, and if necessary, defeat them, said the administration official.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is due to unveil the review tomorrow, setting policy priorities in addressing about $490 billion in budget cuts over the next decade.

via U.S. Defense Strategy Plan Focuses on Thwarting China, Iran – Businessweek.


Chinese Cyber-Espionage Growing

TAIPEI – A new U.S. intelligence report declares the most active and persistent perpetrator of economic espionage is China.The report, issued by the U.S. Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive ONCIX, draws on the inputs and reporting from more than a dozen U.S. law enforcement and intelligence collection bodies, including the CIA, FBI, DIA and NSA.RELATED TOPICS. Americas-Asia & Pacific RimChina views economic espionage as an “essential tool in achieving national security and economic prosperity,

” the report said.The report – “Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace: Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, 2009-2011” –

indicates the U.S. intelligence community judges the use of cyber tools is now a greater threat than more traditional espionage methods.

via Chinese Cyber-Espionage Growing: U.S. Report – Defense News.


New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific | The Australian

THIS week’s 60th anniversary Ausmin meeting in San Francisco deserves the overworked adjective historic. It marks a pivot point in which the US and Australia begin to redefine their region not as the Asia-Pacific, but as the Indo-Pacific.

U.S -Australia and India Ausmin PACT: The technologies are cyber warfare, missiles and nuclear weapons. The external nations are China, India and North Korea.

The addition of cyber war was the most important change in the scope of the alliance since New Zealand left in the mid-1980s. In a communique on cyber security, Australia and the US declared: “In the event of a cyber attack that threatens the territorial integrity, political independence or security of either of our nations, Australia and the US would consult together and determine appropriate options to address the threat.”

via New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific | The Australian.


Chinese Hackers Blamed for Latest Leak at Nate- Cyworld | The Chosun Ilbo

Chinese hackers were responsible for stealing the personal information of 35 million users of Internet portal Nate and blogging site Cyworld, police said on Thursday.

The stolen information, which included the people’s names and resident registration numbers, may be used to facilitate spam mail or voice phishing.

The Cyber Terror Response Center of the National Police Agency briefed reporters on the findings of their investigation, saying that the hackers used ALZip, a Korean file compression program, to access the data. The stolen personal information was leaked to a server that is believed to be based in China via another server in a third location. The ALZip program produced by ESTsoft is distributed free of charge and has around 14 million users.

via The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Chinese Hackers Blamed for Latest Leak at Nate, Cyworld.


Cyber attacks again | Korea Herald

Korean businesses, financial institutions and government agencies have been frequently targets of hacking in the past. It is like an epidemic. The latest case involves SK Communications, which runs the Cyworld social networking website and the Nate online portal.

The hackers, whose attacks reportedly originated in China, stole personal information of 35 million clients of Cyworld and Nate last week. The victims are now exposed to the risk of online scams and voice phishing.

SK Communications claims the hackers cannot easily use much of the personal information they have obtained because the passwords and resident registration numbers of the clients encrypted. But if the culprits are capable of hacking such a security-minded Internet portal as Nate, they may easily decode the encrypted information.

Moreover, it is commonly accepted that there is no foolproof method to permanently deny a determined, competent hacker access to computer networks. He will eventually find a way to crack the software defense to get access to the targeted information no matter how technologically sophisticated it may be.

Of course, this is not to say that nothing can be done as a precaution against hacking. Damage can be controlled though it may not be prevented, as evidenced by what SK Communications is planning to do as a remedial measure.

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Hackers attack South Korean sites; up to 35 mln users affected | Reuters

(Reuters) – South Korea’ communications regulator said Thursday hackers from China had attacked an Internet portal and blogging site operated by SK Comms, accessing the personal information of up to 35 million users in what could be the country’s biggest cyber attack so far.

The incident follows a series of hacking incidents at South Korean financial firms in recent months, exposing the vulnerabilities of networks in the world’s most wired country.

The Korea Communications Commission said in a statement that hacking attacks Thursday morning targeted personal information including phone numbers, e-mail addresses, names and coded data of users of the Nate portal and Cyworld blogging sites, both operated by SK Comms.

Police are investigating the case and have yet to request the assistance of the Chinese authorities, an official at the commission said.

Accusations against China over hacking incidents have mounted in recent months, with allegations it intruded into the networks of Lockheed Martin and other U.S. military contractors and tried to gain access to the Google email accounts of U.S. officials and Chinese human rights advocates.

South Korea recently drew up a cyber security master plan after a wave of hacking attacks against global agencies, companies and its own financial firms.

In April, government-funded Nonghyup, a large commercial bank, suffered a massive network failure that affected millions of users, and Seoul prosecutors said North Korean hackers were responsible for the attack.

In May, hackers breached the personal information of 1.8 million customers of Hyundai Capital, which is owned by Hyundai Motor and GE Capital International.

Shares in SK Comms, a unit of conglomerate SK Group, tumbled 6 percent Thursday.

via Hackers attack South Korean sites; up to 35 mln users affected | Reuters.