South Korean Government Investigates Daewoo Shipbuilding Hack

The South Korean government confirmed on Monday that the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the country’s largest shipbuilders, has been breached by unidentified hackers.

“The company reported the case to police. Police and related military agencies are looking into the case,” said Col. Suh Yong-won, spokesperson of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), to a defense ministry regular briefing.

Suh denied recent news reports in the South Korean media that North Korean hackers had stolen sensitive data from DSME last year including research on domestic nuclear-powered submarines.

The DAPA spokesperson did not confirm whether the attacks were successful or to what extent is the scope of the breach saying that it was too early to tell at the current stage of the investigation.

DSME is one of the “Big Three” shipbuilders in South Korea along with Hyundai and Samsung. It has built several South Korean warships before including an Aegis-class vessel and submarines.

The South Korean government has often accused North Korea of cyberattacks on the country.

Opposition lawmaker Ha Tae-Keung accused North Korean hackers last week as responsible for the recent attack on the state-run nuclear research institute Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).

Pyongyang has denied allegations of such attacks.

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