South Korea says millions hit by hackers

South Korea has said that the alleged hacking attack that originated in China compromised the personal information of millions of the cyber-savvy country’s internet users.

On Thursday, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement that hackers attacked popular internet and social media sites Nate and Cyworld. It was also reported that information of 35 million people was stolen.

The regulator said the attack took place Tuesday and that operator of the sites, SK Comms, alleged the source was from internet protocol addresses in China.

IP addresses are the web equivalent of a street address or phone number.

South Korea has been subject to similar attacks, and the blame is frequently pinned on hackers using addresses in China.

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