South Korea Under Massive Cyber Attack, 13 Million MapleStory Players Personal Data Stolen


Hackers stolen the personal details of 13 million MapleStory players. The stolen data included players' names, user ids, resident registration number (the equivalent to a social security number) and password. Fortunately, passwords and resident registration number information are said to have been encrypted - but the firm is still advising players to check that they were not using the same password on other websites.
It appears that only information about South Korean game users was exposed, but when you consider that South Korea has a total population of 49 million people, you get a feel for just how significant a haul of the details of 13 million of them could be.
A spokesman for the KCC is reported as saying that there will be a thorough investigation into whether Nexon was negligent with its customers' private information. The hack comes with spectacularly bad timing for Nexon, who are planning to IPO. According to VentureBeat, the company acknowledges that one of the risks it faces is one of hacking.


A statement on Nexon's website, "apologises sincerely" for an intrusion on its backup database on 18 November, that the firm revealed to the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).


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