Attack by Korean hacker prompts Defense Department cyber debate

Defense Department computer networks are probed and attacked hundreds of time each day.
But a recent attack on the civilian Internet is causing DOD officials to re-examine whether the policies under which they fight cyber battles are tying their hands.
The danger is real, officials say. On Feb 5, an organized group of hackers perpetrated the most powerful set of attacks since 2002.
The attacks targeted UltraDNS, the company that runs several servers that manage traffic for domains that end with .org and other extensions, according to several reports.

Although the hackers made efforts to conceal their identity, large amounts of rogue data was traced back to servers in South Korea, the reports stated.
The Associated Press wrote that a traffic server operated by the Defense Department was affected.
UltraDNS servers attacked by South Korean hackers

Pro PyongYang Americans protest the movie "Abduction"

On August 18th 2006 a group of left behind parents took to the streets of
Hollywood California to protest Japan's hypocrisy in regards to
international abduction at the US Premiere of Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story.

Man arrested in Japan in Korea case

Aug. 9, 2006
A man who allegedly exported machinery to North Korea that can be used to make biological weapons was arrested Thursday
amid a Japanese crackdown on trade with its communist neighbor over concerns about its nuclear program.
The suspect, a former president of a trading company, is accused of illegally exporting a freeze dryer to North Korea in 2002,
and was charged with not obtaining proper approval from Japan's trade ministry,
said Shinji Matsuzaki, a police official in the western prefecture of Shimane, which conducted the investigation
jointly with police in neighboring Yamaguchi prefecture.

The suspect arrested Thursday is a Korean living in Japan. He allegedly used a trading house in Taiwan to broker the deal with North Korean and disguise the transaction, Matsuzaki said

A Russian scientist was given a six-year suspended sentence Tuesday

for the export to South Korea of technology
that prosecutors contended could be used to manufacture missiles.

Oscar Kaibyshev, 67, a physicist at an institute in the city of Ufa, about 750 miles east of Moscow,
was also fined $133,000 for his dealings with a South Korean company that manufactures car wheel frames.

Kaibyshev was first arrested in March 2003 after Russian agents stopped a South Korean delegation at Ufa's airport.
The delegation included representatives of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and ASA Co. who were working with Kaibyshev
on a new technique for the manufacture of car wheel frames, according to Kaibyshev and Nam Sung Kang, a director of ASA.

The FSB, however, said the South Koreans were obtaining state secrets,
including information that could be used in the manufacture of rockets and other armaments.
MOSCOW, Aug. 8

Korean Cash Squeeze

The Wall Street Journal July 28 editorial

That leaves South Korea as the last holdout in financing the Kim regime. As recently as May, President Roh Moo Hyun declared support "without conditions" for the North. And, after the July missile tests, he seemed more upset that Japan decried the launches. But Mr. Roh has also been losing domestic political support. His ruling Uri Party suffered a blow in local elections in May, and this Wednesday it lost another four parliamentary seats in a by-election. We wonder if President Roh wants his legacy to include being Mr. Kim's personal banker.


May 1, 2006 -- HARVARD University has a bizarre idea of how to advance the education of its grads: Instruct them to bow down to North Ko rea's paranoid dictators and show proper "respect" for the Axis of Evil.
It's the ultimate in radical Stalinist chic - the Harvard Alumni Association's $636-a-night totalitarian luxury tour of a rogue nation where thousands are deliberately starved to death.

"Demonstrations of respect for the country's late leader, Kim Il Sung, and for the current leader, Kim Jong Il, are important," instructs the Harvard Alumni Association's tour memo.

"You will be expected to bow as a gesture of respect at the statue of Kim Il Sung and at his mausoleum."

Harvard even tries to pretend that bowing down to thugs is perfectly normal - explaining that it's because "North Korea, like every country, has its own unique protocols."

May 5, 2006

Schoolgirls buy weapons to expose arms trade

The seven girls, who attend the Presentation School in Portlaoise, were taking part in a Channel Four Dispatches documentary on the arms trade.
They were able to order the shock baton from South Korea and the leg irons from South Africa by setting up a company called Seachtar (Seven) Associates in their school office.
Sister Raftery, who worked in Pakistan for many years, said the purpose of the documentary had been to highlight the easy availability of small arms and torture weapons.
Maeve O’Sullivan said that one South Korean dealer had poor English but was very friendly.
“They are classified by most countries, including Ireland, as a weapon used for humiliating and degrading treatment. In prisons from China to Turkmenistan, from Algeria to Armenia, they’re used to inflict pain and force confessions from inmates.”

S. Korean Embassy in US Hires Lobbyists

The South Korean embassy in Washington has employed professional lobbyists to help increase its influence in the U.S. Congress, embassy officials said Tuesday.

Korean Company Facing Sanctions for Illegally Exporting Strategic Materials

There is the increasing possibility that a Korean company will be put under sanctions by the international community, including the U.S., because some of the allegations that it illegally exported strategic materials have been confirmed.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy announced on September 11 that an investigation found some of the allegations surrounding company K,
a radioactive materials company, were true. The company had been suspected of having sold tritium, nickel 63 and iridium, which can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons, to Iran at the end of last year.

Korean jailed for China military sales

Conviction highlights problem of protecting US technology
The jailing of a South Korean man in the United States for his part in a plot to obtain engines for Blackhawk helicopters
and ship them to China highlights a growing problem facing U.S. officials: How best to guard
sensitive American military equipment and technology and keep it out of the hands of potential adversaries.
Reuters reported that Kwonhwan Park and his Malaysian company, SGS, told the State Department in an export application the helicopter engines were destined
either for the Malaysian or South Korean military. The engines were initially shipped to Malaysia, the report said, but were eventually sent on to China.
Park also attempted to obtain another four engines for the Sikorsky S-70 helicopter he said were for the South Korean army, but U.S. officials discovered the South Korean military had not ordered them.
When arrested at Washington, D.C.'s Dulles Airport in April 2004, Park was heading for Beijing and had a sophisticated night-vision goggle system in his possession, Reuters reported.
Concern over the theft and unauthorized transfer of America's sophisticated military technologies to China and others
was emphasized by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., in the Aug. 25 edition of Military Information Technology, a defense industry trade publication. According to Forbes, the problem may be impossible to fix.
"If the Chinese want U.S. technology, they will find a way to get it," he writes.
"Despite official U.S. monitoring and restrictions on the export of sensitive dual-use equipment to China, the Communist regime in Beijing still manages to acquire as much American technology as it needs to modernize its armed forces.


South Korea's ambassador to the United States,
Hong Seok Hyun, resigned following allegations that he was involved in channeling illegal campaign contributions in the country's election for president in 1997.
Norimitsu Onishi (NYT July 27, 2005

Iran acquiring nuclear parts from Europe

report Tue. 26 Jul 2005
The paper said that it had seen secret documents showing that Iran was secretly buying European-made sophisticated nuclear parts via South Korea
According to the financial records for the deal, Tehran was busy buying 300 units of Nickel 63 (98.720 dollars) from the South Korean Kyung-Do Enterprises through an Iranian company called Partoris.

Harassment and obstruction

journalist Fred Varcoe was unfairly dismissed by the daily Japan Times on 4 July 2002 as a result of pressure from the South Korean authorities.
The South Korean website OhmyNews launched a campaign against Varcoe after he alluded to Seoul prostitutes in a story a few weeks before the start of the football world cup.
Varcoe's wife, a South Korean national, received death threats by e-mail. South Korean diplomats went to the headquarters of the Japan Times twice to demand sanctions against Varcoe.
Among the reasons the newspaper gave for firing him was "insulting the honour of Korean women."

Spying for the Kims -- ex-agent tells a bit

Wednesday, June 15, 2005
A 62-year-old man who lives in Kobe claims he spent a quarter century as a North Korean spy.

Sakamoto's story begins in 1970, when he joined a Kobe trading house that did all of its business with North Korea.
The company's president was a high-ranking member of the General Association of Korean Residents, the pro-Pyongyang group also known as Chongryun,
with extensive contacts in North Korea, and its business was exporting paper and pulp products and importing a variety of seafoods.
"I first went to North Korea in April 1971 and received secret-agent training until June 1972. My company's president told the North Korean authorities that I was a person with a bright future.
"When I returned to Japan in June 1972, I was given a hollow tube, inside which was a small code book. I received instructions twice via shortwave radio. The first time was in the autumn of 1972, when I was ordered to report on the Japanese government's policies vis-a-vis North Korea," he said.

During the 1970s, North Korea communicated with its agents in Japan via both standard AM radio and shortwave

The Tokyo-based Asian Broadcasting Institute, which researches radio transmissions from various parts of Asia, says Radio Pyongyang broadcast messages on frequencies ranging from 621 to 6400 kHz. A standard AM radio in Japan can usually pick up messages between 500 and 1500 kHz, while a shortwave would be needed for the rest.
In 1989, Sakamoto said, he received a silver medal from Pyongyang for his services. And then, in 1994, a gold medal.

He got the gold medal for providing information about what was going on in Japan in spring and early summer 1994, after North Korea had pulled out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and fears mounted that it was going nuclear.

"Tensions were high and many people thought the United States would attack North Korea. My job was to collect information, both through the media and through private conversations with my sources, on U.S. troop movements in Japan and on the makeup of Japan's military, and pass it along." he said. "Thankfully, war was avoided and I received the gold medal later that year for my services."

Sakamoto said he never received direct cash payments for his services as an operative, only more business for his firm. But by late 1994, the North Korean economy was in dire straits and business had nosedived.

Asked if he was ever stopped by police or other authorities after returning from trips to North Korea, Sakamoto said never.

"The Japanese police knew my first company was affiliated with North Korea, and they no doubt kept an eye on those who worked there, including me. But they never stopped me from going to North Korea," he said, adding that Japan had no laws against what he was doing.


Officers of Khasansky customs, in southern Primorye bordering China, confiscated $182,500 and 13.2 million Japanese yen in cash from a tourist identified as South Korean, who had not declared the sum in her clearance, April 13.

The woman who arrived at a Russian town of Zarubino in Khasansky County from Sokcho, South Korea, and aimed to get to China, did not report the money before going through customs, the Far Eastern customs press statement said.
According to Russian laws, an individual must declare all cash in excess of $10,000 that he or she possesses before leaving the country.


Korea's export industry is expecting to be hit later this year with strict controls over the export of strategic materials that could be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, the U.S. government recently told the Korean government
of its plans to strengthen its monitoring of illegal exports of strategic materials such as machinery, shampoo and carbon fiber used in tennis rackets, fishing poles and golf clubs.

From 1995 to 2001, Korea signed four international agreements to seek permission before exporting strategic materials
that could be used in the production of nuclear, chemical and conventional weapons, along with missiles, to 160 countries, including China and Iran.

Japan has long been North Korea's shopping mall

of choice when it comes to military components.
It has the advantages of proximity, advanced technology and a large population of ethnic Koreans,
many with family ties to the North or to the pro-Pyongyang General Assn. of Korean Residents in Japan
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