South Korean Man Infected Online Game Software for Cyber Attacks

According to South Korean newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily, a South Korean man has been arrested for his part in proliferating online game software that contained malware, turning the computers it was installed on into zombie machines that were then used in two separate attacks against computers at the Incheon International Airport.

Authorities say that the 30-year-old-man known only by the last name Jo began his nefarious deeds in 2009 when he traveled to northeast China to meet with North Korean government agents allegedly from the Reconnaissance General Bureau. Jo asked the agents to develop game software that contained malware for use in a cyber attack on South Korea.

According to South Korean officials, the man shelled out tens of millions of Korean won for the infected games, which he then distributed throughout the country to South Korean online game operators..

According to authorities when these games were played the malware built into them activated and were ready to be used remotely for cyber attacks. Inevitably they were used to target a distributed denial-of-service attack against Incheon International Airport. The attacks were launched several times in March 2011.

South Korean officials finally caught up with Jo, who they arrested for violating the National Security Law.

What will happen to him remains to be seen, but if he is found guilty we suspect he'll do a lengthy prison sentence in a South Korean correctional facility.

Source: Kotaku

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