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South Korea Launches Anti-Cyber Terror Center

Date: February 20, 2004
Source: The Korea Times
By: Ryu Jin

More and more countries become anxious of threats that poses cyber terrorism. We may only imagine possible consequences of cyber terrorists attack on critical infrastructure objects.

The state intelligence agency on Friday launched an anti-cyber terror center to tackle growing concerns about possible terrorist attacks on the nation's key communication networks.

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), set up under the wing of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), went into operation after a launching ceremony in Yoksom-dong, southern Seoul.

The center will publish a manual to prevent and cope with various kinds of online threats, while analyzing information circulating at home and abroad.

If evidence of potential attacks is detected, the NCSC will immediately issue an alarm according to the level of threat, while taking supporting emergency measures at government offices.

The threat level will be signified by four colors _ green, blue, yellow and red. Green will mean an ordinary threat level, while red will indicate dangerous situations.

President Roh Moo-hyun asked for a proper and timely response to possible threats of cyber terrorism in a congratulatory letter to the launching ceremony.

``Keeping cyber security is very important since it is directly related to the national competitiveness and has enormous effect on the national security and economic development, as well as human rights and other social problems,'' Roh said in the message.
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