South Korean arrested for denial-of-service attack

Graham Cluley

Police in South Korea have announced that they have arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with a denial-of-service attack which reportedly paralysed a government website.

According to media reports, the man identified solely as “Choi” launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the Game Ratings Board website which rates the content of video and computer games.

It is alleged that “Choi” used a botnet of some 7,400 computers to cripple the website in March. The claimed motive? “Choi” reportedly worked for software developers who were seeking ratings from the government body before releasing their video games, and it is alleged that he brought down the website so he would have an excuse for completing his project late.

One thing that is probably important to point out is that there is no suggestion that “Choi” is connected with the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.