China suspected in mammoth South Korea hack

It’s easy to speculate wildly about the turbulent and tense situation between North and South Korea, as neighbour China appreciates the calm of the South but is allied, technically, with the North.

Interesting to wearers of tinfoil hats, then, that 35 million people in South Korea have had their data compromised in the largest cyber attack to ever hit the nation.

The Korean Communications Commission went public with the details. It affected the Cyworld social network, along with a web portal called Nate, reports Auntie. SK Telecom is responsible for both.

The attack highlights the potential data disaster we face by willingly entrusting our personal data with third parties. 35 million is a lot of people, and among the users will no doubt be movers and shakers it will be useful to have dirt on.

Fingers are being pointed, as usual, at China. It was recently suspected that IP addresses involved in a hack attack on the Pentagon came from China too.

Although the data hack in itself is worrying, what is more worrying is the nature of the hack. It follows recent attempts to crack into South Korea’s government and financial companies, the Beeb points out, suggesting the breach could be political and not financially motivated. It doesn’t seem like this is one for WoW gold farming operations.

South Korea is trying to defend itself against cyber theft and corporate espionage but clearly the plan isn’t going too well so far.