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Repeat of S. Korea, ­.s. Cyberattacks Does No Damage

By The Associated Press

July 8, 2010

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no major interference was reported, police said Thursday (July 8).

The computers were programmed to attack every July 7, according to police, so this year's assault appeared to be a continuation of last year's, which began over the July 4 holiday weekend in the U.S. but reached South Korea on July 7.

More than 460 computers infected with malicious computer codes assaulted 25 websites, including those of the White House and South Korea's presidential Blue House, on Wednesday, said a police officer handling investigations of the cyberattacks.

The malicious computer codes, called malware, triggered denial of service attacks, in which large numbers of computers try to connect to a site at the same time in an attempt to overwhelm the server.

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