South Korea Hacker Traced to China

    A depositor leaves after checking his account through an automated teller machine at a subway station as the bank's computer networks was paralyzed in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn't immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyberattack. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Bank in Seoul subway station on Wednesday. (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

    Looks like it may not have been North Korea’s fault after all. A part of the malicious code that caused computer-network outages at banks and major broadcasters in South Korea has been traced to a Chinese IP address, the Korea Communications Commission said Thursday. The outage occurred around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, with skulls reportedly appearing on some computer screens, sending South Korean stocks into a nosedive. The KCC has continued to investigate the cyberattack and has not ruled out the possibility of North Korean involvement.

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