Lotte Duty Free says a cyber attack using Chinese internet protocol (IP) addresses has crashed its website. As Sonia Legg reports, it's the latest report of irregularity from a South Korean firm in China since Seoul decided to deploy a U.S. missile defense system.
It's an unusual conflict zone - but Lotte Duty Free says it's caught up in a cyber war. It believes its website has been deliberately crashed - and says the attackers used Chinese IP addresses. It's the latest report of irregularity from a South Korean firm in China since Seoul decided to deploy a U.S. missile defence system. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SPOKESMAN FOR SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTRY, CHO JUNE-HYUCK, SAYING: "We are concerned about claims in parts of China saying there is discriminatory treatment against our companies. It is desirable (for China) to abstain from expressing words and actions that will not help the development of the two countries' relationship." South Korea announced the deployment last year in response to an increased missile threat from its Northern neighbour. China objected fearing it would destabilise the region. And called for a boycott of South Korean goods. The deployment is going ahead though on land once owned by another Lotte company. And links between that and the cyber attack are suspected - despite China saying it's just speculation. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG SAYING: "We have commented many times on hacking issues, China opposes all forms of hacking and is willing to work with other nations to protect internet security." Lotte Duty Free says it's now strengthened its website security The political damage perhaps more significant than the financial loss.