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Korean Personal Data Theft as High as 40% of Population Exposed

The personal data of 20 million South Koreans — or 40% of the country’s population — has been stolen, sparking outrage as worried consumers scramble to replace compromised credit cards.
Customer details appear to have been swiped by a worker at the Korea Credit Bureau, a company that offers risk management and fraud detection services.

The worker, who had access to various databases at the firm, is alleged to have secretly copied data onto an external drive over the course of a year and a half.
Clients of three Korean companies — KB Kookmin Bank, Lotte Card and Nonghyup Bank — were hardest hit by the data theft. Crucial personal data like identification numbers, addresses and credit card numbers were all stolen.

via CNN [1]

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