Cyberattacks put spotlight on web vulnerabilities

Computer security experts were divided Thursday on whether North Korea was behind the ongoing attacks on US and South Korean websites, an assault that highlighted the vulnerabilities of the web, reports the Associated French Press.
"I don’t think it was North Korea, but there’s really no proof either way," said Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer for the SANS Institute’s Internet Storm Center, which monitors cyber threats.
"The way this particular malware was written it looks like one guy wrote it in his basement over a weekend," he said. "But maybe that’s what North Korea’s cyberwarfare unit looks like."
"It could be anybody," he continued. "It could be a South Korean. It could be a Chinese, whoever had motivation and the tools to do it. There’s really nothing that points to a nation state."
Joe Stewart, director of the counter-threat unit at SecureWorks, agreed, telling Computerworld "it looks like every other ‘bot’ I see created by an intermediate programmer."
The so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack used an army of malware-infected computers known as a "botnet" in a bid to paralyze US and South Korean websites by overwhelming them with traffic. Around a dozen websites in the United States, including those of the White House, State Department and Pentagon, and another dozen in South Korea were among those targeted in the attack which began on Sunday…

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