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Hackers stole information from South Korea's defense ministry systems

In January 2019, a cyberattack was reported by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA),the national defense agency in charge of military arms procurement such as next-generation fighter jets.

What happened?

In October 2018, South Korea's National Intelligence Service detected suspicious traffic on its intellectual property servers and reported it to the arms procurement agency. Around 30 DAPA computers were targeted by unidentified hackers, out of which 10 systems were compromised. Attackers managed to steal internal documents on acquisitions of various weapons systems.

The attack coincided with a cybersecurity attack on the Liberty Korea Party Representative Baek Seung-joo’s email account. It’s possible that hackers infiltrated the government's computers simultaneously. The arms procurement agency's internal investigation revealed that no confidential data was compromised in the attack. As cyberattacks have continued on South Korean government facilities, concerns are increasing regarding their cybersecurity capabilities.

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