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Probe under way into hacking attempts against Daewoo Shipbuilding: gov't

All News 13:53 June 21, 2021

SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) -- Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a major South Korean shipbuilder specializing in submarine and other naval vessels, has suffered hacking attempts by unidentified entities, prompting the authorities to launch a probe, the arms procurement agency said Monday.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed hacking attempts against the Daewoo database recently but declined to say if those attempts were successful and who appeared to be behind the attack.

"The company reported the case to police," DAPA spokesperson Col. Suh Yong-won told a defense ministry regular briefing. "Police and related military agencies are looking into the case."

But the official denied recent news reports that hackers presumed to be from North Korea broke into Daewoo Shipbuilding last year and recently, stole some research data, including on the development of a homegrown nuclear-powered submarine.

Daewoo Shipbuilding has built several South Korean warships, including an Aegis-class vessel and submarines.

North Korea has often been behind cyberattacks in South Korea and elsewhere, though Pyongyang has denied such accusations.

Last week, Rep. Ha Tae-keung of the main opposition People Power Party claimed that North Korean hackers hacked into the internal network of the state-run nuclear research institute of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) last month, which could compromise nuclear power and other key technologies.

South Korea's new 3,000-ton-class indigenous submarine, Ahn Mu, is anchored at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in the southeastern city of Geoje on Nov. 10, 2020, as the Navy prepared to hold a launching ceremony the same day for the mid-class diesel-powered submarine, named after a prominent Korean independence fighter. (Yonhap)


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