Unknown Hackers Steal Data On 1,000 North Korean Defectors In South - Insight Trending
 Unknown Hackers Steal Data On 1,000 North Korean Defectors In South
The individual information of about 1,000 North Koreans who deserted to South Korea has been leaked after hackers got access to a resettlement organization's database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday. 

A computer at the state-run center was found to have been "infected with a malicious code". The ministry said this is believed to be the principal expansive scale information spill including North Korean defectors. The hackers' character and the starting point of the cyber-attack are not yet affirmed. 

The ministry said it found a week ago the names, birth dates, and addresses of 997 defectors had been stolen through a PC contaminated with pernicious programming at an organization called the Hana center, in the southern city of Gumi. 

The North Gyeongsang resettlement center is among 25 establishments the ministry races to enable an expected 32,000 defectors to change in accordance with life in South Korea. 

"We apologize to defectors from the North. We will make utmost efforts to protect their personal information and prevent any recurrence of such an incident", the ministry said in a statement.

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