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28 July 2011, 11:43

Hack of South Korean sites affects up to 35 million users

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Broken Padlock According to a report from Reuters, hackers from China have attacked an internet portal and blogging site operated by South Korea's SK Communications, gaining access to the personal information of up to 35 million users. The news agency says that the cyber attack could be the largest the country has ever experienced.

In a statement, the Korea Communications Commission confirmed that the personal information targeted by the attackers included names, telephone numbers, email addresses and other data from the Nate portal and Cyworld blogging sites run by the SK Telecom subsidiary. An official at the commission told Reuters that the police have started an investigation, but have yet to ask for assistance from Chinese authorities.

Last month Google announced that it had discovered attacks on high-profile Gmail accounts originating from China that were targeting Chinese political activists, journalists and government officials in the US and South Korea. Other attacks on South Korea in recent months have focused on the country's financial firms.


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