SKorean presidential website loses data in hacking

SKorean presidential website loses data in hacking

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A man opens the the www.2ch.net website on a computer in Tokyo on March 4, 2010. Japan's top Internet forum "2channel", often a target of cyber attacks and political pressure due to abrasive language used in many of the posted messages, was pulled down on March 1 due to a fresh cyber attack from South Korea. Japan's biggest Internet forum, where anonymous netizens trade anything from cooking tips to death threats, has long been an anarchic zone of uninhibited free speech and a magnet for controversy. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 9:26 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea says personal information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyberattack last week that coincided with a shutdown of North Korean websites.

   Yonhap news agency reported Monday that about 100,000 subscribers' accounts were hacked on the presidential website. It cited an unidentified presidential official. The president's office acknowledged the loss of data but couldn't confirm the details.

   The Blue House has apologized on its website for allowing names, birthdates and IDs to be stolen. Passwords were not compromised.

   Several North and South Korean websites shut down Wednesday, the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce.

   Seoul blames hacking for last week's shutdown. North Korea hasn't commented.

 

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