South Korea: Cyberattack By North Korea Exposed Data Of 10 Million Consumers

Personal data of visitors to online shopping portal stolen, says South Korea police.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

July 29, 2016

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South Korea has blamed Pyongyang for the hacking of a shopping portal and identity theft of more than 10 million shoppers, reports The Washington Times. The country’s National Police Agency alleged the “advanced persistent threat attack” was engineered by North Korea’s spy agency General Bureau of Reconnaissance, citing telltale IP addresses and language used in the attack.

The Seoul-based Interpark website was reportedly breached in May via an email containing malware sent on an employee’s computer. Personal details of shoppers were compromised, which the hackers tried to unsuccessfully sell back to Interpark for virtual cryptocurrency, say reports.

Experts fear that the stolen data could be used to hack into other sites and demand ransom payment.

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