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Agency cyberattack training backfires

Date: August 30, 2004
Source: JoongAng Daily

The National Intelligence Service, the nation's spy agency, has apologized to a civic group for using its name in a simulated "cyberattack" during last week's Eulchi security exercises.

During the exercises, held annually to test the nation's crisis management measures, the National Cyber Security Center, the spy agency's cyberterrorism prevention arm, sent mass e-mails to public servants under the name of the civic group People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, with an attachment titled "list of corrupt public servants." This was meant to test public servants' cybersecurity awareness; in the past, opening e-mail attachments from hackers, using the names of popular organizaations, has led to security leaks.

But the test enraged the civic group, which said it would consider filing a defamation suit. "It is unacceptable that the intelligence agency sent mass e-mails to government bodies by making unauthorized use of a civic group's name," it said.

The center apologized. On the bright side, the center announced, the tes

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