Feeds

Pair collared after 'mobe giant hacked, info on 8.7 million sold'

Another 7 probed for buying private data in South Korea

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Police have arrested two South Koreans who allegedly leaked the personal information of 8.7 million mobile phone subscribers. The pair have been charged with hacking into the systems of KT Corp, the country's second biggest mobile carrier, and selling on the data.

A further seven suspects have been questioned by police over allegations that they bought the illegally obtained data to target telemarketing sales calls, the Yonhap news agency reports.

Investigators reckon telemarketers used subscribers' personal information, including details of phones they were using and monthly plans, to punt alternative mobile services just before their current contracts were about the expire.

The illegal marketing tactic brought in estimated sales of 1 billion South Korean won (£563,560; $877,000). Police only released partial details of one of the two main suspects in the case, a 40-year-old whose family name was Choi. The other suspects remain unnamed.

KT has reportedly acknowledged the data breach and promised to tighten up its security in a bid to prevent a repetition.

The privacy flap involving the details of million of mobile phone subscribers follows the leak of personal information of 35 million South Korean users last August after a hacking attack against two popular portal websites run by SK Communications, the country's biggest security breach to date. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.