In an effort to boost it’s defenses, South Korea has enlisted 120 of it’s most talented programmers, offering full scholarships for 7 years of military service. Korea University’s national cyber-defense department will produce it’s first batch of graduates next year.
This program is just a part of a broader build-up though. South Korea is increasing the size of it’s cyber command to 1,000 people and increased information security spending by almost %50 between 2009 and 2015.
Unfortunately though, the South is racing to catch up. North Korea started training it’s hackers in the early 90’s and, according to the chief of S.K.’s defense security command, has 1,700 highly skilled and specialized hackers. He also called North Korea a ‘global cyber power.’
The South has been playing catch up for awhile actually, it wasn’t until a ‘suspected’ North Korean attack in 2009, that paralyzed a large number of government websites, that the South set up a cyber-defense command. In 2013 North Korean hackers attacked South broadcasters and banks. An estimated 32,000 computer servers were paralyzed, and the country lost an estimated 750 million dollars in economic damage.
Luckily South Korea seems to be training some excellent talent in their national cyber-defense department. This is shown by their students winning the ‘Hackers World Cup’ this year in August at Defcon in Las Vegas.
Last week at around 1:20 AM on Tuesday, perhaps not all that strangely for someone surfing the web so late, Sanmay Ved found something rather interesting. Ved, an ex-Google Display Specialist and Account Strategist, found listed on Google Domains, Google.com.
Google Domains is still in beta, but it’s googles attempt at domain registration service. One of the first things you see when vistting the site is “From 12$ a year”, and that’s exactly what Ved found google.com listed for.
While Ved’s ownership may have been brief, he said that his credit card was charged and that google.com showed up in his order history. His ownership was basically confirmed when he was flooded with emails concerning the change of ownership from other sites tied to Google.
Luckily for Google, they noticed almost immediately and, because they owned the site where he purchased the domain, were able to cancel the sale in just about 1 minuet. Ved may have missed out on owning Google.com, but he was refunded his full $12 and got 15 minuets of fame so all’s well that ends well.
Ved got in contact with Google’s security team who acknowledged the incident. A spokesperson for Google reportedly told Business Insider that they are investigating what caused this to happen but still haven’t found anything out of the ordinary yet.