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Hacking attempt traced to China

SEOUL — Investigators have traced a coordinated cyber­attack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies to a Chinese Internet Protocol address, but it was unclear who orchestrated the attack, authorities in Seoul said Thursday.

The discovery did not erase suspicions that North Korea was to blame. An IP address can provide an important clue as to the location of an Internet-connected computer but can be manipulated by hackers operating anywhere in the world. The investigation into Wednesday’s attack could take weeks.

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