Feeds

Naver raver charged over 25 MEEELLION account breach palaver

£90,000 heist made possible after South Korean portal yields its secrets

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

A 31-year-old South Korean has been charged with using stolen personal information to hack the online accounts of 25 million users of the country’s popular Naver portal.

The Asian nation’s National Police Agency said the suspect purchased the data – including names, addresses, internet IDs and passwords – back in August last year, according to the Korea Herald.

The man, surnamed Seo, apparently then used the details to hack the accounts and send out spam messages and other “illicit emails”, the content of which is not mentioned in the report.

Seo is said to have made 160 million won (£90,000) worth of ill-gotten gains.

Also nabbed was a hacker by the name of Hong who developed information slurping malware. Some of the personal info he lifted from Naver subscribers was apparently used by Seo to log-in to the accounts.

The police charged three accomplices of Seo and are broadening the investigation to 86 others who are said to have bought malware developed by Hong.

For the record, a Naver spokesman distanced the company from the attack, telling the paper that the problem was down to the ready availability of personal info on the black market in Korea and not the fault of the internet giant.

He’s got a point. South Korea has seen a spate of high profile mega-breaches of late, exposing the data of tens of millions of locals.

Earlier this month account information belonging to 12 million customers of telco KT Corp was half-inched.

In January it emerged that the personal details of around 20 million people may have been breached after an employee at the Korea Credit Bureau was arrested on suspicion of selling the data to marketing firms.

However, the biggest so far was the attack on social site Cyworld and the Nate web portal, which exposed personal details on as many as 35 million users. ®

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

More from The Register

next story
DARPA-derived secure microkernel goes open source tomorrow
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.