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Two arrested as KT Corp owns up to losing 8.7 million customers' data

Telemarketers make hay
Mon Jul 30 2012, 13:40
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KOREAN TELECOM OPERATOR KT Corporation suffered a security breach in which 8.7 million subscribers' information was stolen, for which two suspects have been arrested.

KT Corporation is Korea's second largest mobile operator and only just found out that the personal information on 8.7 million of its subscribers was nabbed back in February. The Yonhap news wire reports that two suspects have been arrested, accused of leaking the personal information.

Local police said the suspect telemarketers have used the data to contact those customers nearing the end of their contract pushing new deals. Korean officials said they expect the marketers managed to earn close to $900,000 from the illegal activities.

Yonhap said one of the men is a 40-year old known only by his surname of Choi and it had no information on the other man that has been arrested. Seven other suspects were booked but not held.

KT Corporation said in a statement that it has restored the stolen data and that it has beefed up its security procedures. "In light of this incident, we will strengthen the internal security system and raise awareness of security among all employees to prevent causing inconvenience to customers," said the firm in a statement.

KT Corporation could come in for more misery as some of its subscribers could lodge a class action lawsuit against the firm for not better securing their personal data. µ


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