Hackers have stolen private data of 997 North Korean Defectors

[ Jan 02, 2019 ]

The South Korean government revealed on Friday that attackers hacked a defector support center and stole the personal information of 997 North Korean defectors. The personal information stolen included names, dates of birth, and addresses. An employee of a defector support center received a malicious document via phishing email which compromised personal information of the defectors.

The Ministry of Unification said that it had already notified the affected defectors and confirmed that there have been no reports of damage.

Moreover, the government is pushing to separate computers for data storage from those for Internet use at Hana centers in order to prevent such cyber attacks. The network separation plan will be enforced starting next year, the ministry said.



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