North Korea accused the US and its South Korean “puppets” of waging cyber-war after its official websites went down this week.
The North said the US and South Korea were behind “persistent and intensive” cyber attacks on a number of official North Korean websites, including those of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the daily Rodong Sinmun newspaper, and Air Koryo airline.
KCNA criticized the attack as a “cowardly and despicable act” motivated by fear and also noted that it coincided with the ongoing South Korea-US joint military drill.
There was no immediate response from the South Korean government to the accusations, according to AFP. Russian news agency ITAR-TASS cited an informed source blaming “a powerful hacker from abroad” for the attack.
“We’ll never sit idle in the face of such cyber attacks by the enemy … which have reached an extremely reckless and grave stage,” KCNA said.
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been running high since the North threatened an “all-out nuclear war” after the UN Security Council slammed sanctions on the isolated regime over its nuclear test.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly visited frontline artillery units near the de facto maritime border in the latest show of the North’s building up of threats to the South.