An unknown hacker or cyber espionage group penetrated the database of a resettlement agency for North Korean defectors and stole personal information for 997 of its clients, according to a statement from the South Korean Unification Ministry on Friday.
An anonymous official from the Unification Ministry said they accomplished the heist using malware “planted through emails sent by an internal address” at the Hana Center in the South Korean city of Gumi. The official did not say if the North Korean government is suspected of carrying out the attack.
The hacking attack, which occurred sometime last month, appears to be the largest theft of information about defectors to date. The incident is ominous because North Korea is vicious toward defectors, denouncing them as traitors and criminals. The defectors live in constant fear of North Korean reprisals.
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