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South Korea Says Government Websites Attacked, Issues Alert

South Korea issued an alert against cyber attacks after websites run by government agencies, including the presidential office and the national intelligence agency came under assault.

About 40 websites were targeted today at 10 a.m. local time in an attack known as “distributed denial of service,” or DDoS, and more incidents are likely around 6:30 p.m., according to Ahnlab Inc., South Korea’s largest maker of antivirus software. The government issued its third-highest alert against cyber assaults and boosted monitoring of major websites, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement.