* Networks at major broadcasters, two commercial banks
* IT services provider says it believes network was
* Initial speculation of North Korea attack
SEOUL, March 20 South Korean police are
investigating network outages at major broadcasters and a large
bank on Wednesday, with a major network services provider
alleging that its system was hacked.
Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were
affected as well as Shinhan Bank and Nonghyup, two major banks,
the police and government said. They did not comment on the
possible causes of the outages.
A spokesman at LG Uplus said the company
believes its network was hacked. The firm provides
internet-related services to the broadcaster.
Initial speculation centred on a potential hacking attack by
North Korea, which has hacked South Korean institutions before.
But South Korea's internet security agency has said it has yet
to find any evidence of external attacks, YTN said.
Local shares extended losses following the initial
reports of outages to end down 1 percent. The won and
local bonds were little moved following the news.