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Jul 28 2011   6:57PM GMT

Hackers Nab Info on Virtually Everyone in South Korea



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Tags:
china
Cyworld
data breach
hackers
personal information
social network
South Korea

Millions of customers had information exposed when Epsilon was hacked. When Heartland was breached it exposed data on over 100 million customers. Massive attacks affecting millions, or even tens of millions of users are so common that we are numb and barely blink anymore.

The latest attack in South Korea is different, though. At a relatively “meager” 35 million compromised accounts it may seem almost trivial by comparison, but in this case the figure of 35 million has a whole different meaning, because it means that basically every user in South Korea who uses the Internet at all is possibly affected.

Authorities are blaming China for the attack against Cyworld–a popular South Korean social networking site. The hackers were able to grab names, phone numbers, email addresses and other sensitive information.

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