Peeved teens gang up for cyberattack on ministry

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Peeved teens gang up for cyberattack on ministry

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Seven teenage boys allegedly carried out a cyberattack on the Web site of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family because they can’t stand its “Cinderella Policy,” which prohibits young people from playing online games after midnight.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Team of National Police Agency said yesterday it caught seven boys disseminating malicious code to paralyze the ministry’s Web site and booked their 16-year-old leader without detention.

The boys attempted distributed denial-of service attacks on the Web site four times from Jan. 26 to 29, but the attacks failed because the police detected them immediately.

“The attacks were made on four different occasions,” investigator Yang Jong-min told the Korea JoongAng Daily, “and one was made at midnight.”

The police said the boys were clever enough to change the IP address of their computer to make it look like the attack was coming from outside Korea.

When questioned by police, the boys said they hated a series of policies by the ministry, particularly the Cinderella Policy that’s been in effect since November.

It prohibits underage people from playing online games between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to curb computer game addiction.

They also dislike the ministry’s screening of music and animated television shows to see if they’re suitable for children.

“I felt like the ministry doesn’t care about what we [teenagers] think,” the 16-year-old alleged ringleader told police during questioning.


By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]

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