Data of 8.7 million KT subscribers hacked in South Korea

  • South Korea's No. 2 wireless service provider, KT, has issued an apology after the personal data of millions of mobile phone subscribers was hacked.

    The company is the latest in a series of hacking cases in one of the world's most tech savvy countries.

    Police said two computer programmers had been arrested for hacking into the data of 8.7 million KT subscribers out of a total of some 16 million.

    Police are also investigating seven others suspected of having purchased and used the data, which included names, resident registration numbers and phone numbers.

    In November, information of more than 13 million subscribers of game developer Nexon Korea was leaked.

    Prior to that, Chinese hackers attacked an Internet portal and blogging site operated by SK Comms, the country’s top mobile service provider.