Seoul, – Hacking attempts on the South Korean military’s computer networks have markedly increased this month amid strained ties with China and North Korea’s continued belligerence, the defense authorities said Tuesday.

“Recently, attempts to breach (our) cyber networks have somewhat increased,” Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said at a press briefing. But there has been no actual damage, he added.

Another military official said later that a total of 44 hacking attempts were detected on the networks of the defense ministry, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the Agency for Defense Development and other key military facilities between March 9 and 15, Yonhap news agency reported.

It represents a sharp rise from 25 recorded a week earlier. There was only one case found between Feb. 16 and 22, according to the official.

The trend added to concern about hostility among Chinese officials and some ordinary people to South Korea over its decision to let the U.S. military position a cutting-edge U.S. missile defense system here, widely known as THAAD. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency