SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Friday it was responding to a hacker attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who relocated to the south.
A regional office of the Hana Relocation Center said it had done so Notify affected defectors after finding out last week that a computer had been breached sometime around November.
The South Korean Ministry of Association said the names, home addresses and birthdays of 997 defectors living in the southeast of the country had been stolen. Police are investigating the hacking attack, but have not yet identified the source.
The ministry said it had found no further signs of hacking or data breaches after Hana was detected in Hana's offices that month. Hana has 25 branches nationwide to support North Korean defectors moving to the south.
About 30,000 North Koreans have flown to South Korea since the end of the Korean War of 1
South Korea has accused North Korea of cyber attacks on South Korean business and government websites in recent years, but the North has rejected the responsibility.