Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 8th Jul 2009 20:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses In the past several days, it appears that at least 35 US- and South Korea-based websites were under attack by a botnet group of computers, causing the attacked domains to become very slow and unresponsive and even putting many out of commission for periods of time. Among the domains were many government websites of their respective countries. It's unconfirmed as to where exactly the attack is being launched from, but South Korean officials believe it to be North Koran forces or those sympathetic to their cause.
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Next 9/11 from the Internet
by soulrebel123 on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:20 UTC
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2009-05-13

I believe that the next big "terrorist attack" will be staged to appear as coming from the Internet, thus giving the go to censorship and monitoring of the net, as well as more "war on terror".

Anyone that connects vital services to the Internet is doing an error today, that someday we will all pay for.
For less important websites a few hours of ddos is not such a big deal, and I don't think a nation would attack another nation in that way.

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North Korea's computer world
by neticspace on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:33 UTC
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Member since:
2009-06-09

If it this was really perpetuated by North Korea, then there is no need to be shocked.

http://www.kcckp.net/kcc_e/index.htm (Official North Korean computer science corporation)

North Korea has a pool of professional hackers and they can perpetuate an internet-based attack or espionage very secretively with relative success.

But here's the interesting part: North Korean programmers have made a computer game AI, Korean-Japanese-English translation software, voice recognition software, medical task software, etc.

For someone who knows quite well about this, North Korea is not in a shape to conduct a full-fledge war in real life.

Edited 2009-07-08 21:34 UTC

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RE: North Korea's computer world
by sakeniwefu on Thu 9th Jul 2009 02:51 UTC in reply to "North Korea's computer world"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

Wow, the People's Republic of Korea never ceases to amaze me.
It turns out they are selling their OCR software commercially in Japan with all the bombs flying over our heads.
You gotta love US Embargos.

At least they could be good Communists and release the source code under the ISC license.

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neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

At least they could be good Communists and release the source code under the ISC license.


North Korea is not Communist, but Socialist with Korean characteristics (AKA Juche ideology). It's very sad that people don't know very much about North Korea, especially Westerners.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

you should try being Canadian, nobody knows anything about us, and we're freaking right next to the US. It has been shown many, many times the prevailing US view of us is that we all live in igloos, say "eh" after every sentence, that it snows year round here, our capital city is Toronto (it's not) and we all love hockey (we do).

There isn't many people who really take the time to learn about anybody other than their own group/country/whatever.

It's kind of a shame.

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neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

I am Canadian of South Korean origin and we tend to like Canada more than USA.

But anyways, I've tried many ways to get a Windows compatible North Korean software via China or Japan. No luck.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

and we all love hockey (we do).


I was led to believe there more curling sheets than ice* hockey rinks. And that's a good thing, because curling is frakking awesome.

*Hockey without the "ice" qualifier is something different - something we Dutch are pretty good at ;) .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_hockey

Edited 2009-07-09 13:19 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Curling is big in Canada, but there is definitely more hockey rinks then curling rinks, at least over the entire country (we're large enough that it probably varies by province.)

Lacross is pretty big here too (It's actually our national sport, not hockey, who knew)

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righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Damn, even I (is that arrogant?) thought Toronto to be the capital of Canada.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Nope, it's Ottawa. Toronto is our biggest city, however, and currently our smelliest (garbage strike)

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dbolgheroni Member since:
2007-01-18

Hey, I live in Brazil. A lot of people think there are monkeys on the streets, that our capital is Rio de Janeiro (or worst, Buenos Aires) and that the only think you'll see here is soccer and carnival.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

It's kind of a shame.


Grammar correction: It's kind of a shame, eh.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

You hoser! :-)

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

As Dave Foley put it:

"And of course, how can we discuss Canada without discussing the weather. Yes, it is cold in Canada - it is very, very cold. Are you happy now? Yes, the average year-around temperature is 273 degrees below zero - but that is celcius."

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sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

Note that what's known as Communism nowadays in the World that has continued to evolve since the 1950s is not the original "Communism" but "Marxism-Leninism" and its derivatives. Juche falls by that definition into Communism because it is, according to messiah Kim Il Sung himself, a derivative of Marxism-Leninism. Other than that, it is rather unoriginal and further developments by Kim Jong Il have many parallelisms with Stalinism, another Communism variant.

What the parties and Nations choose to call themselves has little relevance, as the Chinese Communist Party can hardly be defined as Communist by any standard(more like 1900s European Capitalism) and the "Socialist" Parties in Europe and the developed world in general are, at their best, Socially Liberal Conservatives.

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v US flag
by dbolgheroni on Thu 9th Jul 2009 00:09 UTC
Update
by neticspace on Thu 9th Jul 2009 13:26 UTC
neticspace
Member since:
2009-06-09

Just went on a South Korean news website. Now there is a good possibility that the servers in KBS (South Korea's National TV service) might be hacked.

Sadly I can't give you a link because it is not in English.

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Possible?
by Odisej on Thu 9th Jul 2009 13:48 UTC
Odisej
Member since:
2006-05-11

Ok, can somebody explain this to me: the official North Korean news agency doesn't even have it's website based at home but rather in Japan (http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm). It is, like the whole country, a bit outdated ... yet North Koreans are supposedly behind such an attack. Sound like a lot of b.s. to me.

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RE: Possible?
by neticspace on Thu 9th Jul 2009 14:15 UTC in reply to "Possible?"
neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

Not a BS per se. North Korea does have internet access but it's only for "privileged people". Because North Korea's internet environment is rather isolated, it needs an oversea server for its English news. In this case, it's Japan.

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