Three Arrests Following Massive Customer Information Leak at Korea Telecom

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Three people have been arrested in South Korea following reports that customer information had been stolen from Korea Telecom (KT).

The Telecoms Ministry also confirmed it will be investigating the security breach that saw the personal information of around 12 million customers accessed by the three suspects.

The ICT Ministry said that it will work with the telecoms regulator, the KCC to investigate how the breach occurred, and if the security holes could have been realistically predicted.

According to the police, the leaked data include the clients' names, resident registration numbers and bank account information. What is more concerning for the affected people is that up to 300,000 items being downloaded daily -- the hack was not detected for a year.

Korea Telecom is setting up a website where customers can check to see if they have been affected by the data theft.

This is the second major security flaw at the mobile network though -- after some 8.7 million customer details were stolen in 2012.

The police plan to summon security specialists from KT next week for questioning next week.

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