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North Korea blamed for freezing South Korean bank and TV station networks

Network intrusion

Computers at the nation's key broadcasters and banks were completely paralyzed. At least three broadcasters -- KBS, MBC and YTN -- and two banks -- Shinhan Bank and Nonghyup -- reported their networks were halted for unknown reasons.

“Screens went blank at 2 p.m., with reports of skulls popping up on some computer screens, the state-run Korea Information Security Agency said – a strong indication that hackers planted a malicious code in South Korean systems,” AP reports.

Experts pinned the attack on Pyongyang. North and South Korea have been squaring off with each other ever since the implementation of sanctions meant to punish North Korea over a recent nuclear test.

Additional report from Associated Press

sector

Financial Services; Government (Foreign); Media

reported

March 20, 2013

reported by

Yonhap News Agency

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

South Korea

perpetrators

Nation State

location of perpetrators

North Korea

date breach occurred

March 20, 2013

date breach detected

2013-3-20