SKorea: Alleged hacking attack hits Internet users

July 28, 2011

(AP) -- The personal information of about 35 million Internet users in South Korea was stolen in an alleged hacking attack that originated in China, officials said Thursday.

Hackers purportedly attacked popular Internet and social media sites Nate and Cyworld earlier this week, stealing data such as social security numbers and email addresses, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement.

The regulator said that operator of the sites, SK Communications, alleged the attack originated from computers in China based on their Internet Protocol addresses. IP addresses are the Web equivalent of a street address or phone number.

The stolen data included user IDs, passwords, social security numbers, names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses. Nate said the and passwords are encrypted so that they are not available for illegal use.

South Korean police said Thursday they have started an investigation that could take several months.

has faced before, with blame frequently pinned on hackers operating from IP addresses in China. China has denied all charges of hacking in the past.

In May, South Korean prosecutors said that hackers in North Korea had broken into the of a South Korean bank earlier this year. The prosecutors said software used in the hacking was similar to that used in a 2009 attack that paralyzed South Korean and U.S. websites.

has flatly denied any responsibility for the attacks.

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frajo
3 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2011
IP addresses are the Web equivalent of a street address or phone number.

No, they are not. Street addresses and phone numbers can't be faked easily.
Pete1983
not rated yet Jul 29, 2011
Well in regards to IP addresses, it's not so much the faking of street and phone numbers, as it is using somebody elses street and phone number. Preferably on the other side of the world.

Remember kids, if you call in a bomb threat - use the neighbors phone.

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