Websites for the South Korean President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the largest bank in the country Kookmin Bank, among 40 or so sites, have been reported to have been attacked with a denial-of-service attack at 10am local time.
The Government has responded by issuing a third-highest alert, according to Bloomberg, and has boosted its monitoring of major websites.
The Yonhap News Agency is reporting that no reports of damage to servers or any severe disruptions. The DDoS attack, according to AhnLab – the top information security company in the country. It also expects more attacks to come at 6:30pm local time.
It is also being reported that the attackers have managed to have penetrated into two domestic peer-to-peer file sharing websites and planted the malicious codes.
The DDoS attack is being reported to be in a similar nature of a previous attack in 2009 that took down 25 sites in the country, and also in the United States – taking down the Pentagon, White House and State Department’s websites. South Korea immediately pointed the blame to its neighbour North Korea.