South Korea Company Loses 35m Users’ Private Information to Hackers
The South Korea Communications Commission stated that hackers viciously infiltrated its widely visited websites for social networking followed with stealing data belonging to 35m people. AbcNews published this dated July 28, 2011.
Apparently, the data that was stolen from the 2 websites together included the 35m members' names, telephone numbers, web IDs, e-mail addresses as well as resident registration codes, stated the commission.
Notably, SK Communications Commission is a partner of SK Group the industrial giant of South Korea. The commission discovered that the social-networking site "Cyworld" and the search engine "Nate" it owned and operated were hacked into with the help of malware, stated one company spokeswoman Koo Ki-hyang. Yonhap News Agency published this on July 28, 2011.
Koo said that the malware seemingly emanated from a China-based IP address; however, the company couldn't realize the time of the data hack as also the person behind it. So it subsequently requested for an investigation by the police.
Koo further stated that his company adopted security measures on July 26, 2011 following the detection of malware emanating from an Internet Protocol address located in China. MYsinchew.com published this on July 28, 2011.
Evidently, it has been found that often the above type of assaults struck South Korea with the condemnation put on hackers who utilized Chinese IP addresses. However, China has refuted any such accusation related to intrusions during the past. Nonetheless during 2004, hackers from China reportedly employed data-stealing worms for infiltrating the PCs that belonged to Seoul government agencies.
As accords to police, an official investigation will be conducted into the 2 well-known websites being subjected to hack. At the foremost, they'll find out if the hackings occurred from within the company or someone from outside did it, an officer said from the Cyber Terror Response Center (CTRC) a unit of the police that tackles cases of cyber-crime.
Meanwhile, security researchers said that hacking into social networks wasn't unknown. During February 2008, a worst kind of PC security breach occurred when hackers intruded US company eBay's subsidiary the Internet Auction resulting in over 10m users' personal details getting exposed.
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