Gov't to reinforce cyber security manpower

SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- The government said Thursday that it plans to train 5,000 experts by 2017 and boost cooperation among related government agencies to better cope with rising cyber security concerns.

According to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the government will also nurture the country's cyber security-related industry to 10 trillion won (US$8.76 billion) from the current 5 trillion won by the cited year.

The measures came as unidentified hackers attacked the websites of the presidential office, another government agency and several media organizations on June 25, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

Anonymous, a loosely associated hacking group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In late March, network systems at a few local banks, including Nonghyup Bank and Shinhan Bank, were also hacked into by an unknown malware, although no personal information was leaked.

Under the measures, the presidential office will take the role of a control tower for cyber security, and cooperation in related government agencies such as the National Intelligence Service and the Defense Ministry will be boosted.

The latest series of cyber attacks on financial companies have prompted the country's financial regulator to bolster security in the online transaction system.

As part of a bid to improve online security, financial firms may be required to separate their internal and external networks to protect the database from a potential cyber threat.

Currently, only a few large banks, including Kookmin Bank, have set up separate systems, citing high costs.

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