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S Korea doubles cyber security spending to $9.7bn

AAP/ AFR | July 5, 2013
Amid growing concern over vulnerability to attacks from North Korea, the government is set to double spending by 2017.

South Korea says it will double its cyber-security budget and train 5,000 experts amid its growing concern over vulnerability to attacks from North Korea.

The government is to boost its budget to 10 trillion won ($9.70 billion) to be spent by 2017, the science ministry said.

The training will take place over the same period.

North Korea was blamed for major intrusions in 2009 and 2011 that targeted South Korean financial institutions and government agencies.

Recently, Seoul accused Pyongyang's military intelligence agency of launching a major cyber attack on South Korean banks and broadcasters in March.

North Korea is believed to have a cyber warfare unit staffed by around 3,000 people. In response, the South set up a special cyber command unit in early 2010 but there is no official figure on the number of experts who work there.

 

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