North Korean Defectors’ Personal Data Was Stolen by Hackers, South Says


SEOUL, South Korea– The individual info of nearly 1,000 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers accessed to a resettlement company’s database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said it found last week that the names, birth dates, and addresses of 997 defectors had been stolen through a computer contaminated with harmful software at a firm called the Hana center, in the southern city of Gumi.

A ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the level of sensitivity of the matter, informed press reporters that the malware had been planted through e-mails sent from a Hana center e-mail account.

The Hana center is amongst 25 institutes that the Unification Ministry stumbles upon South Korea to assist some 32,000 defectors to adjust to life in the country by supplying jobs, medical and legal support.

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