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5:20 pm on Jul 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Warning of New Phase Of 'Cyber Attack' [reuters.com]
Cyber attacks slowing U.S. and South Korean websites could enter a new phase on Friday by attacking personal computers and wiping out hard disks, a South Korean government agency and web security firm said.

North Korea was originally a prime suspect for launching the cyber attacks, but the isolated state was not named on a list of websites from five countries where the attacks may have originated, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said.

The attacks targeting dozens of government and business sites in South Korea and the United States did not cause major damage or security breaches, experts said, but the KCC warned a new phase at 1500 GMT on Friday could cause severe damage to PCs.

10:28 pm on July 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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When I was a kid, Nuclear attacks was the threat. Now, its Cyber attacks. I wonder if i should still dive under my desk...hmmmmmmm
10:38 pm on July 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, we used to need fallout shelters. The new requirement will be for hack shacks...
1:00 am on July 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I must say that the predicted plan would be self-defeating, since it seems it might wipe out the botnet used to implement the DOS attacks...

And I hate to say it, but from a security standpoint and from our standpoint as Webmasters whose sites are abused on a daily basis, that might not be a bad thing... at least the owners of those infected machines would be forcefully reminded to get and run an anti-malware program -- even if just a free one.

I definitely have mixed feelings on this.

Jim

6:36 am on July 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Kind of a non-story if you read between the lines. Seems more political than anything...
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This is the future trend of war !

I think in the near future, countries will go on war in cyber space rather than fighting man to man with guns etc.

3:35 am on July 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think in the near future, countries will go on war in cyber space rather than fighting man to man with guns etc.

I doubt a country will surrender simply because some of their servers are unresponsive.

Like any strategy, it'll simply be a small part in general warfare. In the end, you still need to put a real bullet between the eyes of the crazy tyrant that started it all.

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Em maybe a little more imagination would help, imagine a wold where pilot less planes and drones and remote controlled tanks and helicopters fight for us, including a computer network which control nuclear weapons,i doubt you would need a solider with a gun,who knows in the near future robots would be doing the dirty work of humans.
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My ping times haven't changed in over 3 years with my current host of choice, if anything they are now slightly faster.

Creating an expensive solution to a fictitious problem must be lucrative these days, worthy of stimulous money even...

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This might sound somewhat funny to some, but I'm not making star wars jokes. I do not know if this is related at all, but my host, which is probably one of the 3 largest hosts in the US, was recently attacked by hackers, taking over all index pages of my sites.

I lost a day's adsense and have a feeling my home page was removed from Google's index since then.