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Hacking attack on South Korea traced to Chinese address, officials say

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- The suspected cyberattack targeting South Korean banks and broadcasters originated from an IP address in China, South Korean regulators said Thursday, heightening suspicions of North Korean involvement.
The attack Wednesday damaged 32,000 computers and servers at media and financial companies, South Korea's Communications Commission said.
It infected banks' and broadcasters' computer networks with a malicious program, or malware, that slowed or shut down systems, officials and the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency said.
Suspicion immediately fell on North Korea, which has recently renewed threats to go to war with the South amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons, and missile testing and international efforts to stop them.
Some past cyberattacks on South Korean organizations that officials linked to North Korea were traced to IP addresses in China. An IP address is the number that identifies a network or device on the Internet.
Experiencing a potential cyberattack
Cybersecurity concerns for China, U.S.
China, which has been accused by U.S. organizations of supporting cyberattacks, said Thursday that it was aware of reports on the matter.
"We have pointed out many times that hacking is a global issue. It is anonymous and transnational," said Hong Lei, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman. "Hackers would often use IP addresses from other countries to launch cyberattacks."
South Korean officials are still analyzing the cause of the network crashes and are working to prevent any further damage, the country's communications commission said.
Increased alert level
The military has stepped up its cyberdefense efforts in response to the widespread outages, which hit nine companies, Yonhap reported, citing the National Police Agency.
Government computer networks did not seem to be affected, Yonhap cited the National Computing and Information Agency as saying.
A joint team from government, the military and private industry was responding.
A South Korean official close to the investigation told CNN that malicious computer code spread through hacking caused the outages.
How the hackers got in and spread the code remains under investigation, and analysts are examining the malware, the official said.

Australian banks 'not immune' to hack attack

A senior security analyst says the major hacking attack which paralysed several South Korean banks and TV broadcasters this week could happen in Australia. According to the Korea Internet Security Agency, television stations KBS, MBC, YTN and two large banks were "partially or entirely crippled" by the malware attack. Trend Micro Australia's senior security manager Adam Biviano says it was a sophisticated attack that could occur in Australia. "Absolutely. I certainly don't think we're immune to this type of attack if we let our guard down," Mr Biviano said. "It can happen anywhere - it's not simply a matter of it just being South Korea being the only attack target. "We're seeing attacks like this happening across the globe."

The ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac have declined to comment on whether they are susceptible to such an attack. The Australian Bankers' Association says it does not have enough information about the South Korean attack to say whether it is possible here. Chief executive Steve M├╝nchenberg says its member banks regularly discuss security issues. "However the nature of these discussions needs to remain confidential as any detail may be misused by criminals," he said. The attack in South Korea began when several computer screens went black, while others were showing images of a skull and a "warning".

Trend Micro says it has acquired several samples of related malware which renders computers inoperable. The attack prevented computers from loading by overwriting the master boot record with a series of the words 'hastati' and 'principes' - types of infantry in the early Roman Republic. There is some speculation the hacking came from across the border in North Korea, however officials in Seoul have not blamed Pyongyang. The attack came just days after North Korea accused the South and the United States of a hacking attack that took some of its sites offline for two days. North Korea has in the past staged cyber attacks on the world's most wired country, targeting conservative newspapers, banks and government institutions.

The biggest attack by Pyongyang was a 10-day denial of service attack in 2011 that antivirus firm McAfee, part of Intel Corp, dubbed 10 Days of Rain and which it said was a bid to probe the South's computer defences in the event of a real conflict.

Syrian Electronic Army hacked 3 BBC Twitter accounts

Syrian Hacktivists known as "Syrian Electronic Army" has taken control of the three official Twitter accounts belong to BBC. The hackers hijacked the BBC Arabic Online(@BBCArabicOnline),  BBC Weather account(@BBCWeather) and BBC Radio Ulster account (@bbcradioulster). After hijacking the BBCArabicOnline , the hacktivists tweeted "Syrian Electronic Army was here via @Official_SEA #SEA". "And that came in response to what BBC practiced of lies and fabrication of news  and in addition to the bias to the bloody opposition" Hackers stated the reason for this cyber attack. Speaking to EHN, the hacker provided the email id, password of email id and passwords of Twitter accounts.  At the time of writing, the BBC recovered their accounts back.