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North Korea Is Blackmailing Top South Korean Online Retailer For $2.66 Million (softpedia.com) 45

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: South Korea says that North Korea is behind a data breach that occurred last May, where hackers stole details about 10 million user accounts from Interpark.com, one of the country's biggest shopping portals. The hackers later tried to extort Interpark management by requesting for 3 billion won ($2.66 million / 2.39 million euros), otherwise they were going to release the data on the internet. [The hackers wanted the money transferred to their accounts as Bitcoin.] Authorities say they tracked the source of the hack to an IP in North Korea, previously used in other attacks on South Korean infrastructure. "Besides the evidence related to the IP addresses and the techniques used in the attacks, investigators also said that the emails Interpark management received, written in the Korean language, contained words and vocabulary expressions that are only used in the North," reports Softpedia.
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North Korea Is Blackmailing Top South Korean Online Retailer For $2.66 Million

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  • Serves them right (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Thursday July 28, 2016 @08:14PM (#52603571)
    I'm sorry but when you don't take your customers' security seriously, don't complain when someone walks through the front door and steals the stuff you left lying around. The hackers are wrong, but it's the store's own damned fault. They'd rather make more profit than pay for serious security. Shows what they think of their clients.
  • It's funny how every time something happens when the culprit seems to originate from a country that the US doesn't like, it's always suggested that the government of that country is to blame. Case in point: the title reads "North Korea Is Blackmailing...", not "North Korean hackers are...". Same thing when something happens out of Russia: for sure Putin orchestrated it. If not Putin, who else could have? A cat?

    I'm imagining a situation: what if every time something happens that looks like originating out o
    • by eht ( 8912 )

      There are many people other than starving illiterate peasants and Party and military staff. None of those people have internet access except with permission of the Party and military staff, with tight monitoring of what is going on.

    • Funny how some people are always grasping for straws to find some reason to smear the US.

      Do you actually think some individual in NK, with no connection to the government, could do this? They don't even have open internet connections for individuals.

      • I pretty much think they well could. I actually lived in a communist country for quite a long while and I personally, first-hand, know how things worked there. "Control by the government" is a grossly overstated illusion.

        The fact of the matter is, the guards, especially the ones working "in the field" and whose tasks are to control the actual people rather then organize the whole process, are usually recruited from these proverbial illiterate peasants, so the educated city dwellers could very easily find
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Remind me again what exactly north korea has to offer to the rest of the entire world that we are not dropping the routing to all their ASNs and (if required) every upstream provider that gives them transit?

    I mean, China is one thing: they hack the world just like the USA, but they give a *lot* back, it is quite easy to get a lot of chinese contributions in science and engineering and general content. They deserve to be in the internet.

    But north korea?

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