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South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database • The Register
Simon McGarr says: '80% of S.Korea's population have had their ID number stolen, crimewave ongoing. >> Turns out a pot of honey is sweet'
fail  south-korea  korea  security  id-cards  ssn  id-numbers  privacy 
february 2015 by jm
South Korean spymaster had a team posting political comments on Twitter and rigging polls
Mad stuff. The South Korean National Intelligence Service directly interfering in a democratic election by posting fake comments and rigging online polls
web  polls  twitter  social-media  psyops  korea  south-korea  nis  sock-puppets  democracy 
february 2015 by jm
BBC News - South Korean ID system to be rebuilt from scratch
There are several reasons that the ID cards have proved so easy to steal:

Identity numbers started to be issued in the 1960s and still follow the same pattern. The first few digits are the user's birth date, followed by either a one for male or two for female;

Their usage across different sectors makes them master keys for hackers, say experts;

If details are leaked, citizens are unable to change them


via Tony Finch.
south-korea  identity  id-cards  ppsn  hackers 
october 2014 by jm
Massive identity-theft breach in South Korea results in calls for national ID system to be abandoned
In South Korea, web users are required to provide their national ID number for "virtually every type of Internet activity, not only for encrypted communications like e-commerce, online banking and e-government services but also casual tasks like e-mail and blogging", apparently in an attempt to "curb cyber-bullying". The result is obvious -- those ID numbers being collected in giant databases at companies like "SK Communications, which runs top social networking service Cyworld and search site Nate", and those giant databases being tasty targets for black-hats. Now:

"In Korea’s biggest-ever case of data theft the recent hacking attack at SK Communications, which runs top social networking service Cyworld and search site Nate, breached 35 million accounts, a mind-boggling total for a country that has about 50 million people and an economically-active population of 25 million. The compromised information includes names, passwords, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and most alarmingly, resident registration numbers, the country’s equivalent to social security numbers."

This is an identity-fraudster's dream: "In the hands of criminals, resident registration numbers could become master keys that open every door, allowing them to construct an entire identity based on the quality and breadth of data involved."
south-korea  identity  fraud  identity-theft  web  bullying  authentication  hacking 
june 2012 by jm

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