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‘Dark Seoul’ attack points to sophisticated cyberspying on S Korea, US militaries

A cyberattack waged against Seoul this year has put Web security firms on the trail of a malicious code first spotted in 2007 that seems to be directed at spying on US forces in South Korea and the South’s forces that officials say have been traced back to Pyongyang

By Yonkyung Lee and Martha Mendoza  /  AP, SEOUL and SAN JOSE, California

North Korean officials insist the emphasis on cyberwarfare is on protecting North Korea from cyberattacks, not waging them, but there is widespread suspicion that resources are also being poured into training scores of cyberwarriors as well.

Relatively few North Koreans are allowed to access the Internet — especially when compared to the South’s hyper-wired society — but it too has seen its computer systems paralyzed by cyberattacks. Pyongyang blames the US and South Korea and has warned of “merciless retaliation.”

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