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The cyber attack that overwhelmed a variety of government Web sites in the United States and South Korea has had no effect on U.S. Forces Korea operations, USFK spokeswoman Col. Jane Crichton said.

"We continue to protect networks and remain vigilant as we routinely do," she said in a statement issued Thursday. "In the interest of security, we don’t discuss specific operations."

USFK’s Web site appeared to be down Thursday, and Korean news organizations reported that it had been a victim of the cyber attack.

However, Hwang Mi-kyung of Ahn Lab Inc. — a South Korean security solutions company — said those reports were wrong and the cyber attacks had not affected U.S. military Web sites in Korea.

Ahn Lab security specialists said publicly that more cyber attacks on South Korean Web sites were expected, but Hwang said there was no way to predict whether U.S. military sites might be hit.

Lt. Col. Jeff Buczkowski, spokesman for the 8th U.S. Army, echoed Crichton’s comments in saying that operations had not been affected.

"The [U.S. Department of Defense] information grid is scanned millions of times daily, but we continue to remain vigilant and protect our networks," he said.


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