South Korean university students fear North Korean cyber terrorBy Nathan Schwartzman Dec 11, 2012 10:08AM UTC
Original article in Korean is at this link.
Six in 10 university students in South Korea fear that an attack from North Korea is likely, a survey has found.
The survey found that the attack the students believed to be most likely was a direct denial of service (DDoS) attack.
On the 7th Yu Jae-du, a professor at Mokwon University, announced the findings of his research at the Digital Forensic Center of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office in Seoul. The research, which was conducted in partnership with the Korean Association for Terrorism Studies and the agency for public security within the SPO, was published on the 9th under the title ‘How University Students Perceive North Korean Terrorism’.
According to the survey, out of 236 university students asked about the likelihood of North Korean terror attacks, 57% agreed they were likely.
53% agreed there was a danger of attack, with 59% believing the most likely attack was cyberterror, followed by a bomb attack (53%), a chemical or biological attack (47%), a nuclear attack (43%), and an attack on airplane (11%).
However, just 13% had a positive view of government responses to attacks, with 47% having had a negative view.
Asked about the credibility of terrorism policies, 48% had a negative view, quadruple the 12% with a positive view.
Prof. Yu said that “university students have grown up with and been familiar with computers from a young age, so they see cyberterror such as a direct denial of service attack as the greatest risk from North Korea.”
Also, Brandon M. Howe, a professor at Ewha Women’s University, published a separate paper analyzing modern terrorism and concluding that traditional state safety mechanisms are insufficient to explain modern terrorism.
Yun Hae-seong, a researcher at the Korea Institute of Criminology, discussed anti-terrorism laws in major countries such as the United States and the roles played by their investigative agencies, and their implications for anti-terrorism laws in our country.
The KATS and the SPO began their partnership in 2010, and the most recent event was attended by terrorism experts from National Intelligence Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the National Police Agency, the Defense Security Command, and elsewhere.