South Korea Warns of Malware in Video Games
South Korean law enforcement is warning computer uses against downloading uncertified online gaming programs, according to local media (http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=152446).
The malware may collect location data and IP addresses and transmit them. The infected computers could also be used to launch distributed denial of service attacks, which use multiple computers to make millions of requests to websites and networks in attempt to overwhelm their capacity to distribute information.
"What the North Koreans are doing is something akin to a honey trap for techno-crazed South Koreans," he said. "No teen will ever pass up an offer for free games online."
A study conducted in 2009 by the
Aid added that it was concerning that "Norton Anti-Virus or the other forms of computer security systems in use in
"I wonder how that is possible. Are the North Korean viruses that sophisticated, or is the current generation of commercial computer security software that far behind the threat?" he said. "The answer may be both, which is really scary."
"The use of game applications to carry a malicious payload [malware] is not new, criminal entities do this regularly.
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