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9 million Korean Mobile Users Hacked, Data Stolen

By July 31, 2012June 7th, 2021Cybersecurity

Nine million mobile users in Korea have recently had critical data stolen from their devices. Korea now says that they know the hackers involved and have placed them under arrest. Both hackers are currently nameless, but one has been accused of selling the stolen data to telemarketers.

The data that was sold to telemarketers allegedly scored the pair of hackers nearly 900,000 USD. Contact information, plan details, and personal phone numbers were all stolen from some 8.7 million subscribers – nearly half of Telecom’s users.

Seven other people were accused of buying this data, but were released less than two days later due to lack of evidence. The hacking started in late February, but the company didn’t have enough evidence to prove that data had been leaked until mid-July. Only then did they go to the authorities to try and stop the hackers and buyers.

“In light of this incident, we will strengthen the internal security system and raise awareness of security among all employees to prevent causing inconvenience to customers,” said Korea Telecom.

Jason Manteiga

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.

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