South Korea Nuclear Hackers Demand Money

kpride, March 13, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

A hacker on Thursday published another cache of confidential documents about South Korean reactors after threatening late last year to "destroy" nuclear power plants at Christmas.

The self-described "president of an anti-nuclear reactor group in Hawaii" on Thursday afternoon tweeted a demand for money while publishing internal files of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation as well as what he claimed were transcripts of telephone conversation between President Park Geun-hye and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

"I need money. Various countries in northern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America have showed an interest in buying files on the nuclear power plants," he tweeted. "I'm afraid that it'll pose a hurdle to President Park's exports of nuclear power plants, if I should sell them in entirety. [Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon Sang-jick], I'm giving you time to consider this offer."

The hacker left an email address on an American web portal.  Lim Jong-in, the presidential national security adviser, said the attack probably originated in North Korea.   He speculated the stunt aimed to divert public attention from the slasher attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert by a pro-North Korea activist.

A government investigation team has asked the U.S. FBI for help given that he used Twitter and email accounts based in the U.S., a spokesman said. Late last year investigators tracked down the hacker attack to hundreds of Chinese IP addresses. They are waiting for the findings of Chinese authorities. 

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