Articles about South Korea

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South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

South Korea may have the world's best broadband, a vivid gaming culture and, in Samsung and LG, two very influential technology giants. But it also has one the world's weirdest online payment regimes because of its decision to mandate the obscure SEED cipher to secure online transactions. SEED doesn't play nice with SSL, but …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2015
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It's not over yet: Now South Korea launches Qualcomm antitrust probe

Mere days after settling its antitrust dispute with China, mobile chipmaker Qualcomm faces a new investigation into its business practices, this time in South Korea. Perhaps sensing blood in the water, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission – the country's top antitrust regulator – has launched a probe into whether Qualcomm is …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2015
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Uber XXXs itself out of South Korea

Taxi-disruptor Uber has earned the ire of incumbents around the world by starting up its uberX service without regard for local laws, but the company has now backed down in South Korea and suspended the service while it tries to reach a detente with local cabbies. In a blog post released last Thursday, the company said “ …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2015
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South Korea says NUCLEAR WORM is nothing to worry about

The South Korean Energy Minister has told the National Assembly that a newly discovered malware outbreak at one of the country's nuclear facilities is no big deal, and is not linked to a more serious breach earlier this month. Yoon Sang-jick said in a committee hearing that investigators had found a malware "worm" in one of the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2014
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Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids

Three quarters of South Korea's population have been compromised in a massive data breach affecting 27 million people. The nearly incomprehensible breach was revealed when 16 individual were arrested after selling the records relating to victims aged between 15 and 65 years-old. The records included names account logins …
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014
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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

What's 11 centimeters long, packs an Intel processor, weighs 46g, runs Windows 10 or 8.1, and is sticky? Come May, the answer to that question is the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick, at least in South Korea. Microsoft's outpost in Nice Korea yesterday threw a bash of some sort to talk up the Windows device ecosystem. And among the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

Samsung has decided to stop pushing its light emitting diode business outside of South Korea, despite reckoning it would be a growth area a few years ago. Like Philips, Sammy has realised that LED is not, after all, where it’s at, and it will be shutting the unit down overseas. Philips recently announced it would be spinning …
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South Korean police book 29 Uber staff for 'illegal taxi' ops

South Korean police have booked more than two dozen of Uber's Seoul-based employees and associates on suspicion of operating illegal taxi services. Twenty-nine people, among them the head of Uber Korea, and also including the heads of six car rental firms, were "booked" on suspicion of connecting passengers to nearby cabbies …

South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database

The South Korean government is considering a complete overhaul of its national identity number computer system – after hackers comprehensively ransacked it and now hold the ID codes for as much as 80 per cent of the population. Each South Korean citizen is issued with a lifetime unique ID number. This number is used in all …
Iain Thomson, 14 Oct 2014
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US Army loses 16,000 personnel records in South Korea

Sensitive information of more than 16,000 US Army personnel stationed in South Korea, plus data on local employees and job applicants, appears to have been compromised after databases loaded with names, identification numbers and addresses were accessed by unauthorised and unknown parties. Specific details of how the 28 May raid …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2014

Nearly HALF of South Korea hacked in insider data theft

The personal details of as many as 20 million South Koreans may have been exposed after an employee at a credit ratings firm was arrested on suspicion of selling the records to marketing firms. The temporary consultant, who worked at the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB), is suspected of lifting the data from the servers of KB Kookmin …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jan 2014
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South Korea green lights Stuxnet-like code weapons to nark NORKS

The South Korean government has approved plans to develop a Stuxnet-like virus to disrupt Pyongyang’s missile and atomic capabilities, according to local reports. The plans are part of a new defence ministry strategy designed to enhance Seoul’s offensive capabilities, in a bid to counter a North Korea which has been increasingly …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2014
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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

South Korean has recovered two crashed drones over the past week which it suspects have been used by Pyongyang spooks to spy on key locations including president Park Geun-hye’s official residence. The Korean army is currently examining a UAV fitted with a digital camera which was found on Baengnyeong island in the Yellow Sea …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2014
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South Korea's top wireless carrier builds Internet of Eels

Eels, a staple in many world cuisines, are apparently more sensitive to their environment when grown in aquaculture facilities than they are in the wild, so South Korean farmers are turning to industrial automation to give them a hand. Given the inevitable Internet-of-Things-spin, SK Telecom says it's going to implement wireless …
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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

The firm running South Korea's nuclear plants has decided to run cyber-war drills following the leak of sensitive data and threats from unidentified hackers. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co (KHNP) has decided to run the exercises after the online leak of plant equipment designs and manuals last week. The technical documents …
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2014

Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

A South Korean court has ruled that Apple did not infringe on three of Samsung's mobile patents and the firm would not be getting a ban on sales of older iPhones and iPads in the country. The Seoul court ruled that products like the iPhone 4S and 5 and the iPad 2 were not infringing on Sammy patents that cover message display …
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NORKS cyber mayhem cost South Korea £500 MEEELLION

North Korea’s supposed 3,000-strong army of highly trained hackers has caused financial damage to its southern neighbour amounting to over £500 million over the past four years, according to a South Korean lawmaker. Citing figures provided by the defence ministry’s cyber warfare unit, Chung Hee-soo of the ruling Saenuri Party …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2013
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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

The director of the FBI has defended his bureau's claim that the hacking attack against Sony Pictures was the work of the North Korean government – saying skeptics "don't have the facts that I have." Speaking at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City on Wednesday, FBI boss James Comey said he has "very …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2015

Rookie southies S Korea and S Africa prep for cluster-wrestling match

HPC Blog Rounding out the field for the recent ISC14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig are two semi-experienced teams that both have “South” in their names. Even though Team South Africa and Team South Korea are separated by a large amount of land and water, these two teams do have some things in common. Both of these teams have …
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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

+Comment For those still wondering why US President Barack Obama and the FBI have so confidently blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, it's apparently because the NSA compromised the secretive country's computer network years before – giving American intelligence a front-row seat for subsequent shenanigans. The New York Times …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2015
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North and South Korea hit by cyber-blitz on Korean War anniversary

Both North and South Korea are under cyber attack from a group of unidentified hackers who blitzed senior government officials' websites and a group of media companies. The website of the South Korean presidential office and prime minister's office were among the sites hit on Tuesday morning. "The government confirms there was …
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2013
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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

North Korea has agreed to allow internet access within its borders, or at least within the bounds of an industrial park run jointly with firms from the South. Pyongyang officials have agreed to open a business centre in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the first half of the year, which will initially house 20 internet-connected …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014
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NORKS closes South-Korea-run industrial enclave

North Korea has cut off access to the Kaesŏng Industrial Park, a manufacturing precinct on North Korean soil that is run by South Korean companies. Kaesŏng opened in 2004 and has since become home to several South Korean technology manufacturers, although big names have stayed away due to the Park's precarious position ten …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013
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Twelve million hit as Korea suffers ANOTHER massive data breach

The South Korean government was forced to launch an inquiry today after another massive data breach rocked the country, time the theft of account information belonging to 12 million customers of telco KT Corp. The Incheon Metropolitan Police said on Thursday it arrested two hackers and the CEO of a telemarketing firm last week …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2014
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Oh dear: Apple kicks out South Korea boss

Apple kicked out its head honcho for South Korea just days before the grand unveiling of the much-anticipated iPad Mini and despite the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5 in the country, according to local reports. General manager Dominique Oh was abruptly relieved of his duties last week, spokesman Steve Park told The Korea Times …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2012
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South Korea data-wipe malware spread by patching system

South Korea's data wiping malware that knocked out PCs at TV stations and banks earlier this week may have been introduced through compromised corporate patching systems. Several South Korean financial institutions - Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank and Jeju Bank - and TV broadcaster networks were impacted by a destructive virus ( …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2013
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LG's curvy Flex phablet and its self-healing bottom escapes Korea

LG's Flex, a curvy new phablet said to have a “self-healing” bottom, will escape Korea and go on sale in Europe and Australia. At the time of the Flex's launch LG said the mobe would only go on sale in its home of South Korea. The company has since changed its tune and revealed that Orange will offer the device in France. …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
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South Korea bans Apple's AND Samsung's ageing phones, tabs

Both Apple and Samsung got teeny fines and had some of their products banned in South Korea, after a court in Seoul found they infringed on each other's patents. The South Korean court said that Apple had infringed two of Samsung's wireless patents, while Sammy had infringed on a fruity firm patent related to a "bounce-back" …
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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

The South Korean government has said that it's concerned about the decision by President Barack Obama not to go through with a ban on Apple iDevices that were found by the ITC to infringe on a Samsung patent. "The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy expresses concerns over the negative effect the decision by the US Trade …

South Korean to spaff £290 MEEELLION on 5G land grab

South Korea has become the latest Asian nation to pledge its future to fifth-generation wireless networks, aka 5G, with Seoul set to stump up 500 billion won (£292m) to build a super-ultra-mega-fast network by 2020. Keen to maintain the country’s position at the apex of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth, the …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013
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Samsung targets South Korean army recruits

Electronics giant Samsung has enlisted the help of an unusual ally in its on-going recruitment efforts: the South Korean army. The country’s pre-eminent chaebol has agreed to pick 100 soldiers from a shortlist of 150 for a four month software training program, it told the Wall Street Journal. Anyone who has graduated from high …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jan 2014
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South Korea probes 'mobe patent bully-boy' Samsung

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Samsung abused its position as a wireless patent hoarder following a complaint by Apple. The competition watchdog will assess whether Sammy used its patents, which cover technology deemed essential for meeting telecommunications standards, to bully mobile-phone makers …
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HTC leaves South Korea to Samsung, LG et al

Mobile device biz HTC has abandoned its operations from Samsung’s home market of South Korea, in yet another blow to the beleaguered Taiwanese handset giant. The firm announced in a widely reported statement that the move was being made to “streamline operations”. "This is a hard decision that has direct impact on people who …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2012
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South Korea blitzed by DDoSers

Multiple South Korean government websites have come under fire from a concerted denial of service attack. Local net security firm AhnLab reports that the South Korea's presidential office, the foreign ministry, the national intelligence service, US Forces stationed in South Korea and banks are among the targets of the packet- …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2011
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'Abnormal' thruster halts South Korean space rocket launch

South Korea called off a third attempt to launch its first space rocket with just minutes to spare this morning. The liftoff of Korea Space Launch Vehicle 1, also known as the Naro-1, was cancelled with 17 minutes left on the countdown clock. "Abnormal signals from the thrust vector system of the upper (second) stage rocket of …

South Korea on top of the IT world

South Korea has once again been named the world’s most advanced ICT economy according to the latest annual study from the International Telecommunications Union, which had good news for the UK too as it crept up into the top ten. The ITU’s Measuring the Information Society 2012 report is intended to provide a snapshot of global …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Oct 2012
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Dunkin' Donuts temps S Korea with ultrasonic tags

Korean commuters are being enticed into eating baked goods for breakfast with ultrasonic tags, making them race to Dunkin' Donuts for discounts and social sharing. Wanting to push up morning consumption Dunkin' Donuts has resorted to filling its stores with ultrasound so smartphone-wielding Koreans can confirm their arrival and …
Bill Ray, 03 May 2013
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North Korean crackers hit South Korean hacks

Tensions on the Korean peninsula flared again this week after Seoul accused its northern neighbour of two separate hacking attacks targeting the press. South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Thursday that a web server in the office of the presidential transition team had been attacked by suspected state-sponsored villains …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2013
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Destination Korea: an emerging market for IT services

South Korea is being touted as the latest outsourcing market for global IT services firms to target, and could even emerge as an offshoring destination in its own right in the future, according to analyst outfit Ovum. The IT analyst’s latest Emerging Outsourcing Opportunities reportclaims the South Korean IT services market is …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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Weekend reads: Colorless Tsukuru, Kool Korea and strange encounters with IKEA wardrobes

Page File El Reg's avid bookworm Mark Diston chews his way through some of the latest foreign language bestsellers recently translated into English and Lucy Orr discovers how South Korea became cool. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Mystery and Melancholy of a Street (1913) by Giorgio di Chirico A Mystery and …
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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

Banks and TV stations in South Korea have been hit by a debilitating attack on their computer networks. Three financial institutions - Shinhan, Nonghyup and Jeju - and two insurance firms as well as broadcasters KBS, MBC and YTN have either been partially or completely crippled by malware, it appears, according to South Korean …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
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Nearly everyone in SOUTH KOREA HACKED IN ONE GO

Personal information on as many as 35 million users of a South Korean social network site may have been exposed as the result of what has been described as the country's biggest ever hack attack. Local authorities were quick to blame hack attacks against the Cyworld social networking website and the Nate web portal – both of …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2011
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Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

Google has announced comprehensive new mapping data on North Korea, enlisting a team of citizen cartographers to chart the country's gulags, nuclear facilities and golf courses. The reclusive dictatorship has been one of the few areas of the world where the Chocolate Factory has not managed to poke its beak in, but thanks to its …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Jan 2013
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Experts finger disk-wiping badness used in S Korea megahack

Antivirus firms have identified the main malware behind a major internet attack that hit corporate computer networks in South Korea on Wednesday afternoon. However the source and motives behind the attack remain a mystery. Researchers have dubbed it DarkSeoul. Computer networks at three South Korean TV stations and at least two …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2013
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Stealth hovercraft armada poised to invade South Korea

North Korea is assembling a powerful fleet of hovercraft to menace the South's northwestern islands, according to the Seoul government. The Chosun Ilbo reports that government sources have said that a large Nork base with berths for 60 "hovercraft and stealth air-cushion warships", under construction at Koampo in Hwanghae …
Lewis Page, 31 May 2011
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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

A North Korea network outage last December came in retaliation for the Sony hack, a US lawmaker claims. Michael McCaul of Texas – Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee – linked disruption of North Korea's thin internet pipe to the earlier devastating attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. “There were …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2015
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South Korean gov splashes $22m on memory R&D project

Samsung and five other South Korean tech firms are set to team up on a $22 million government-backed project to research new memory chip technology. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced the initiative, which will feature Korean tech behemoth Samsung as well as memory chip maker SK Hynix, according to Korean news …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2013

Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

Broadband speeds around the world increased by 20 per cent, year on year, according to internet tentacle monster Akamai. The website-caching giant claims in its latest State of the Internet report that, during the past three months to now, connections to ISPs peaked at 26.9Mbps, on average, dropping to 4.5Mbps the rest of the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015

Pirate Bay 'seeks asylum' in, er, 'North Korea'

Updated The Pirate Bay says it is relocating to either North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) - if you go by the flag in its sails on its homepage - or South Korea (the Republic of Korea), if you go by its statement.* If the file-sharing site's claim relates to the former, it certainly looks spurious given the nation's …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2013
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Eric Schmidt heading on mystery mission to North Korea

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is heading to the least internet-friendly country on the planet, according to AP, with a forthcoming trip to North Korea on his schedule. Schmidt will be accompanying former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who's a repeat visitor to the self-styled "Best Korea". The meeting is a private affair by …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2013