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Seoul to build traffic control tower resistant to cyber attacks

All Headlines 10:05 July 20, 2011

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- Seoul will establish an integrated traffic information and operation system resistant to cyber terrorism to guard the city's traffic network from outside attacks, city officials said Wednesday.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it plans to build an advanced transport management system that monitors the total traffic network around the clock within this year, as part of efforts to vigilantly respond against any security threat.

The new control system allows security officials to promptly detect and analyze hacking attempts so that they can easily find any suspicious signs and figure out the cause of Web attacks, city officials said.

The municipal government has operated separate traffic information systems for public transportation and live road traffic in the Seoul metropolitan area, which experts warn are fragile to the growing threat of cyber attacks.

In March, about 30 government and business Web sites came under the massive cyber attacks, known as the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), with virus-carrying computers seeking simultaneous access to selected sites and swamping them with traffic. Authorities concluded that North Korean hackers were behind the assault, but no decisive evidence has yet been found.


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