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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hacker hits millions of South Korean social website users

South Korea has blamed Chinese hackers for stealing information from 35 million accounts from a South Korean social networking site. The sites that were hit include the Cyworld website as well as the Nate web portal run by SK Communications. The Nate portal gives people access to web services such as email while the Cyworld social site lets people share images and updates with friends similar to Facebook.

The hackers are thought to have stolen phone numbers, email addresses, names and other information about the sites millions of users. SK Communications did not retain financial information of its users in most cases. Investigators say that the hackers likely came from China based on their IP addresses. The Korean Communications Commission claims to have traced the attack back to a number of IP addresses in China.

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