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Cyber attack hits US-based N. Korea rights group

Published on Mar 21, 2013 6:03 AM
 
Members of the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) check on cyber attacks at a briefing room of Kisa in Seoul on March 20, 2013. A United States (US) -based group monitoring human rights in North Korea said on  Wednesday it was hit by a cyber attack that disabled its website for several hours. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON  (AFP) - A United States (US) -based group monitoring human rights in North Korea said on Wednesday it was hit by a cyber attack that disabled its website for several hours.

The incident at the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea occurred at the same time as a major attack targeting South Korean TV broadcasters and banks.

Mr Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the group, said he learned on early Wednesday about the attack, which changed the welcome page to identify the site as "Hitman 007 - Kingdom of Morocco".

"Our website had indeed been hacked, and a lot of our publications had been taken out. Fortunately we were able to work with the hosting company from the backup to fully restore the website."

 
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