China IP address used for South Korean cyber attack
The suspected cyberattack targeting South Korean banks and broadcasters originated from an IP address in China, South Korean regulators said Thursday, heightening suspicions of North Korean involvement.
The attack Wednesday damaged 32,000 computers and servers at media and financial companies, South Korea's Communications Commission said.
It infected banks' and broadcasters' computer networks with a malicious program, or malware, that slowed or shut down systems, officials and the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency said.
Suspicion immediately fell on North Korea, which has recently renewed threats to go to war with the South amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons, and missile testing and international efforts to stop them.
Some past cyberattacks on South Korean organizations that officials linked to North Korea were traced to IP addresses in China. An IP address is the number that identifies a network or device on the Internet.
...China denies responsibility for that attack and it is probably one emanating from North Korea. Countries that are targeted by these attacks ned to develop counterattack strategies. defensive measures alone are inadequate.