U.S., South Korea review cyber strategies

July 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. government said it discussed ways to deepen its relationship with its South Korean counterparts in the area of cybersecurity.

South Korean envoy on international affairs Sung-joo Choi met in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Christopher Painter, for a second annual bilateral talk on mutual interests in cyberspace.

"The cyber consultations reinforced U.S.-Republic of Korea collaboration on a wide range of cyber issues, including international norms in cyberspace, Internet and information and communications technology policy, cybercrime cooperation, and cyber security issues," the U.S. State Department said Thursday in a statement.

The South Korean government this week accused its North Korean rivals of launching June cyberattacks against its official websites. The alleged North Korean cyberattacks coincided with the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in the 1950s.

Internet security company McAfee said the attackers were targeting U.S. and South Korean military data. It did not indicate the source of the attack.

The U.S. State Department it was reviewing ways to deepen the level of engagement on cyber issues with South Korea. A cybersecurity conference is planned next year in Seoul.

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