Hackers Stole 1,000 Personal Data of North Korean Defectors

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A recent hack shows that 1,000 North Koreans who have been defeated and resettled in South Korea personal data have been stolen.

According to the source, personal details that contain names, home addresses and birthdays of 997 defectors were sometime stolen in November were revealed.

The Ministry of Unification said this was the first time that personal details including the names and addresses of North Korean defectors were stolen.

Attacker infected the computer by mail using malicious code and the employee opened a mail at the Hana Center in the province of North Gyeongsang.

About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly via China, since the end of the Korean War in 1950 – 53. Following this incident, the authorities carried out an emergency inspection of all computers in Hana Centers, but no other leaks were found.

According to Nypost, the ministry said that after investigating Hana’s offices around the country earlier this week; it found no further signs of hacking attacks or data breaches.

Hana runs 25 offices nationwide to assist North Korean resettlers in the South. In a statement, the ministry said. “We apologize to northern defectors. We will make every effort to protect your personal information and to prevent such an incident from happening again. “

Mark Funk
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