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Date posted: 13/06/2010
South Korea's intelligence service is investigating a major cyber attack on the main government website by hackers traced to China, officials said Thursday.
The attacks on Wednesday evening lasted around three-and-a-half hours, slowing traffic on the site (http://korea.go.kr) which provides information on policies and services, said the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
The ministry said its cyber security team had been on alert for such attacks as tensions rose with North Korea.
Hackers used about 120 China-based Internet servers, a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding the government took immediate measures to thwart the "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks.
"We are now tracing the origin of the attacks" in cooperation with intelligence authorities and other government offices, he said.
South Korea's spy chief blamed North Korea for cyber attacks from China-based servers that briefly crippled US and South Korean government and commercial websites last July.
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