Police in South Korea have arrested the two hackers responsible for stealing personal information of over 8.7 million customers of the second largest mobile and telecommunication provider in the country. The two hackers had targeted KT Corporation and stolen information that included mobile numbers, customer’s names and registration information.
Since the past five months the data and information collected by the hackers was being sold to telemarketing companies. According to Yonhap news agency, Police revealed that one of the two hackers was a former programmer of an IT company and had earned over $880,000 by selling sensitive and personal information to telemarketing companies.
A statement issued by KT Corporation to its customers read “We deeply bow our head in apology for having your personal information leaked…we’ll try out best to make such things never happen again”. Yonhap said 7 persons had been booked by police for purchasing leaked personal data for telemarketing purposes. This hacking incident definitely raised eyebrows but hasn’t come as a surprise to many, as South Korea one amongst the world’s most wired nations has witnessed frequent hacking episodes over the years.