South Korea Accuses North Korea of Hacking Defense Contractor

May 11, 2016

South Korean officials said on Tuesday that one of their defense contractors, a military navy ship builder, suffered a cyber-attack on April 20, South Korean Yonhap news agency reports.

The name of the hacked company is Hanjin Heavy Industries, one of the government’s defense contractors.

The company is currently building South Korea’s most recent versions of frigates and amphibious assault vessels. One of these models is the well-reviewed ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111) amphibious assault ship, first launched in 2005.

Officials suspect North Korea’s involvement

“After identifying signs that Hanjin Heavy Industries may have been hacked on April 20, the Defense Security Command is currently leading a security investigation into whether any military secrets were leaked and whether North Korea was involved,” a South Korean official said on Tuesday. “North Korea could have been involved, but we are not absolutely sure at this stage.”

South Korean government officials have a good reason to blame any cyber-attack on North Korea.

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