(The Hosting News) – Could hackers have just compromised information pertaining to a majority of South Korean citizens? Well, that seems like it may be the case. Cyworld, South Korea’s top social networking site was recently hacked, according to its owner, SK Communications. With the breach, hackers accessed data pertaining to Cyworld’s nearly 33 million users.
According the Wall Street Journal, the social network’s owner, SK Communications reported that such data breach pertained to users’ emails, numbers, names, and more.
Here’s where things get interesting: South Korea has nearly 49 million citizens. Also, most of Cyworld’s 33 million users are in the country. That’s a massive breach, possibly affecting the majority of South Korean citizens.
Meanwhile, SK Communications is said to be working with the country’s law enforcement and is mostly worried that the information could be used for spamming.
So far it’s thought that the attack probably originated from somewhere in China, according to SK Communication’s investigation into the matter. This really comes as no surprise as China has been a suspected source of various global cyber-attacks in the recent past.
A recent breach of Google’s Gmail service is thought to have originated from the country. Meanwhile, China has strongly denied any involvement.
The latest global breach occurs as countries, especially the United States, look to strengthen global cyber security. Most recently the U.S. revealed that the Pentagon faced a cyber-attack on its systems, most likely originating from a nation state. U.S. military contractor Lockheed-Martin also faced an attempted breach on its system. However, to combat such problems, the U.S. is said to be working on a virtual cyber-range, giving the U.S. the ability to test new defenses in the battle against global cyber threats.
Cyworld was launched in 1999, quickly becoming popular with young adults in South Korea. In 2006, CyWorld attempted to enter the U.S. market, setting up a possible competition with other social sites including Facebook and the then-popular MySpace. However, the social site failed to really make a mark in the U.S. and SK Communications pulled it from the country in 2010. Besides South Korea, the social network is available in Vietnam and China.