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