Hackers Steal Data Of 35 Million South Koreans

According to South Korean authorities, hackers have gained access to major South Korean websites by using a Chinese Internet Address and have stolen personal information of nearly 35 million users.

These attacks are being said to be originated from Seoul and have targeted Nate and Cyworld which are managed by SK communications. Nate is a search engine and Cyworld is a social networking website and both of these sites have at least 30 million users.

Hackers have stolen personal information such as names, email IDs, phone numbers and resident registration numbers of the targeted users. This information is very vital as a cyber criminal can use it to impersonate a specific user and can commit crimes for which the target may be held responsible.

SK Communications has asked police to look into the matter and the Korea Communications Commission is currently investigating this security breach.

This year has seen a large number of security breaches all over the globe. The most notable one was the hacking of Sony’s PlayStation Network from which the private information and the credit card details of around 1 million users were stolen.

Till now, no official statement has been issued by SK Communications.

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