South Korean telecom ministry to investigate KT hacking case

South Korean telecom ministry to investigate KT hacking case

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Telecom ministry of South Korea will be launching an investigation related to the latest hacking incident at KT Corp, it has been announced on Friday, March 7, 2014. The hacking incident resulted in the leakage of personal data of millions of customers. The Incheon Metropolitan Agency said on March 6, 2014 that it arrested three suspects for reportedly hacking into the website of the company and stealing data of about 12 million clients of the mobile carrier.

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The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning stated that it will set up a team of government officials, as well as online security specialist to discover the details of the incident and the entire operation will be organized with the Korea Communications Commission. The police informed that the leaked data include the names of clients, resident registration numbers, as well as their bank account information.

It was also stated by the police that the hacking attacks happened in a span of one year, starting from February 2013 and gathered up to some 300,000 pieces of information on a daily basis. Korea Telecom has been ordered by the ministry to provide the victims with details and backgrounds of the incidents and create a system on the website in order to enable users to check if the information was included in the hacked data.

The police assured that it is planning to summon security specialists from Korea Telecom in the upcoming week for additional investigation.

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