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Seoul asks China’s help in tracking down hacker

July 15,2004
A recent hacking incident that appears to have involved Chinese military personnel led the Foreign Ministry yesterday to call in the Chinese ambassador and request his assistance in the investigation.
During a meeting between Vice Minister Choi Young-jin and Chinese Ambassador Li Bin on Wednesday, the Korean government stressed the seriousness of the incident, in which computers at Korean government agencies were hacked. Mr. Choi asked that Chinese authorities cooperate in arresting the culprits. According to a ministry spokesman, Ambassador Li said he would relay the request to Beijing.
A high-ranking police official said yesterday, “We have found that the Chinese suspect identified in this case attends a foreign-language school run by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army; this proves that the hacking incident was closely related to the Chinese military.”
Police officials said the Chinese military systematically teaches students hacking skills and holds mock hacking competitions. The official added, “If the military is linked to this hacking incident, then it won’t be easy to get investigative cooperation.” The National Police Agency plans to seek help from Interpol on this matter.
The Police Cyber Terror Response Center said the suspect’s IP address and that of 10 other computers involved in the hacking were related. After being traced, the hackers moved in groups to other locations to avoid pursuit. The police official added, “Chinese hackers view South Korean computers as a good target because of Korea’s superior information technology infrastructure.”
The police had hoped to send an investigative team to Taiwan, which is believed to have suffered a similar incident, but has so far received no cooperation from Taiwanese authorities.


by Choi Jie-ho, Kim Seung-hyun


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