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South Korea faces 'first wide-spread civilian cyber attack': Queen's University expert

2013-04-05

Queen’s University computer security researcher Thomas Dean can talk about the cyber attack against South Korea that has shut down many bank machines and several media outlets. Many officials are blaming North Korea.

Dr. Dean, an electrical and computer engineering professor, says it appears the virus is designed to destroy and disrupt operations and not to steal information.

“This is the first wide-spread civilian cyber attack. Previous attacks have been very targeted, such as the Stuxnet attack on Iranian nuclear facilities allegedly done by Israel,” says Dr. Dean.

Please note that Dr. Dean is available after 2:30 pm on Wednesday, March 20.

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