8.7 million mobile customers hacked in S. Korea

Jul 29, 2012

South Korean police have arrested two hackers who stole personal data of 8.7 million customers of the nation's second-biggest mobile operator, the company said Sunday.

KT said the hackers -- formally arrested on Sunday -- had stolen data such as customers' names, phone numbers and residential registration numbers for five months since February and sold the information to telemarketing firms.

"The number of affected people account for nearly a half of about 17 million customers of ours," a KT spokesman told AFP, adding the company had alerted police on July 13 after detecting traces of hacking attacks.

Yonhap news agency, citing police, said the duo -- including a former veteran programmer at a local IT company -- had earned at least 1 billion won (about $880,000) by selling the stolen data.

Seven other people were also booked for buying the leaked data for telemarketing purposes, Yonhap said.

"We deeply bow our head in apology for having your precious personal information leaked... we'll try our best to make such things never happen again," KT said in a statement to customers.

Hacking attacks on major companies aimed to gain access to the of their customers is a frequent occurence in , one of the world's most-wired nations.

Seoul authorities said in July last year hackers using an registered in China had gained access to South Korean major websites including web portal Nate.com and may have stolen the of 35 million users.

In November 2011, Seoul's top games developer Nexon saw personal information of 13 million users of its popular MapleStory stolen by hackers.

In March 2010, authorities launched a probe into the security systems of major retailer Shinsegae and 24 other companies after private data on 20 million customers was leaked.

Explore further: Bringing emergency communications together

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

S. Korea police arrest two men for hacking

Oct 18, 2011

South Korean police said Tuesday two people have been arrested for infecting about 16,000 personal computers with hacking programmes which allowed them to secretly record video of their victims.

N. Korea blasts South over game site hacking claims

Aug 14, 2011

North Korea on Sunday lashed out at South Korea for accusing Pyongyang of hacking Seoul online game sites and stealing prize money, rejecting the allegations as an "unacceptable provocation."

S. Korean held for selling N. Korean malware

Jun 04, 2012

A South Korean has been arrested and accused of distributing illegal computer game programmes infected with malignant codes developed by North Korea, police said Monday.

Recommended for you

Bringing emergency communications together

21 hours ago

A new University of Adelaide research project aims to improve emergency operations through integrated communications systems for police and the emergency services.

For top broadband policy, look no further than Canada

Aug 20, 2014

You might have seen communications minister Malcolm Turnbull raising the issue about Australian press not discussing policy problems and solutions from overseas, in a speech delivered at the Lowy Institute Media Awards last week: ...

Cities, states face off on municipal broadband

Aug 19, 2014

Wilson, N.C., determined nearly a decade ago that high-speed Internet access would be essential to the community's social and economic health in the 21st century, just as electricity, water and sewers were in the previous ...

New loss mechanism for global 4G roaming

Aug 19, 2014

A loss mechanism that has not been an issue in previous mobile handset antennas will become important for global 4G roaming, according to results of experiments carried out in Aalborg, Denmark.

User comments : 0