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[ISN] Ruling party staggers in election site hacking scandal


By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- Opposition parties ratcheted up attacks on the ruling Grand National Party on Monday over revelations that an aide to a GNP lawmaker organized a hacking attack on the Web site of the state election watchdog.

The National Election Commission (NEC)'s Web site came under a large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for two hours on the morning of Oct. 26, the day of by-elections that included the Seoul mayoral race.

Nearly 40 days after the incident, police arrested a former aide to GNP legislator Choi Ku-sik and three Web site administrators Sunday on suspicions of mobilizing about 200 virus-carrying computers to swarm the NEC's server with massive traffic.

Choi denied any involvement in the hacking scheme allegedly orchestrated by his 27-year-old aide, surnamed Kong, who recently left his jobs citing health problems.


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