Hackers attack S. Korean sites; 35 million users affected

SEOUL - South Korea's communications regulator said on Thursday hackers from China had attacked an internet portal and blogging site operated by SK Comms, accessing the personal information of up to 35 million users in what could be the country's biggest cyber attack so far.
The incident follows a series of hacking incidents at South Korean financial firms in recent months, exposing the vulnerabilities of networks in the world's most wired country.
The Korea Communications Commission said in a statement that hacking attacks Thursday morning targeted personal information including phone numbers, e-mail addresses, names and coded data of users of the Nate portal and Cyworld blogging sites, both operated by SK Comms .
Police are investigating the case and have yet to request the assistance of the Chinese authorities, an official at the commission said.
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