Fox News reports that major websites in North and South Korea have been shut down during the 63rd war anniversary which was celebrated on June 25. Although authorities are still investigating the cause that has led to the crash of the government and media websites, Seoul claims the sites were hacked. North Korea hasn’t provided any explanation, yet in relation to the alleged cyber-attacks.
The North and South Koreas were getting ready to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War when several important websites collapsed making it impossible for Internet users to access their favorite pages. The sites were closed for several hours during which Seoul authorities did everything they could to determine the cause of the problem. In the end, they have told the press that the websites have been the victims of a cyber-attack.
According to Seoul authorities, the websites of the South Korean presidential Blue House and prime minister’s office were the first to get attacked by hackers. Various media servers also collapsed during the brief attack, but military and other key infrastructure haven’t been compromised in any way.
While the South Korean government has already discovered the cause, North Korea is still investigating the event. According to official reports, the websites that were shut down on Tuesday belong to the national airline, Air Koryo, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the North’s official Uriminzokkiri site and Naenara, the country’s state-run Internet portal. The websites are now operational with the exception of Air Koryo.
South Korea is willing to help their northern neighbors by investigating the shutdown of the North Korean websites. Officials working at the South Korean National Intelligence Service have stated that the North Korean government hasn’t made any comments yet.
The cyber-attack has been claimed by hackers belonging to the Anonymous group. The South Korean government, on the other hand, has declared that there is no evidence indicating that Anonymous is behind the Tuesday’s cyber-attacks.