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[ISN] South Koreans launch cyber attack on US over schoolgirls' deaths


December 1, 2002

South Korean activists have attacked the White House computer server 
with electronic mail bombs to protest the acquittal of two US soldiers 
accused of killing two schoolgirls in a road accident. 

Meanwhile, four people have been arrested breaking into a US army base 
and riot police have stopped 300 protesters from marching on the 
American embassy in Seoul. 

South Korean hackers and Internet users launched the bombs at the 
server at 0300 GMT.

However, an activist says the cyber attack is "largely ineffective due 
to an advanced filtering system at the White House".

The activist says a second attack will be launched.

It is not known how many people are involved in the attack. 

Some 25 million people, more than half of the South Korean population, 
have access to the Internet and regularly use email. 

The attack was led by a coalition of 130 civic groups, which have 
organized protests since two 14-year-old girls were crushed to death 
by a 50-tonne military vehicle on their way to a birthday party in 

Anti-US sentiment escalated in South Korea, one of Washington's close 
allies, after a US military court cleared the soldiers of negligent 
homicide two weeks ago.

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