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South Korean data leak affects 13 million gamers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Nov 2011 3:09

South Korean data leak affects 13 million gamers Nexon Korea Corp's online games targeted by hackers.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said that Nexon reported the incident to it late Friday afternoon. Specifically, Nexon reported to the regulator that it discovered a data leak involving personal information of subscribers of its Maple Story online game.

The leak affects up to 13.2 million people, all of whom are located in South Korea. The report comes just weeks before the company planned an IPO of its Japanese affiliate on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, aiming to raise 95 billion ($1.2 billion).

The leaked data includes user IDs, names, resident registration numbers and passwords, according to KCC. Nexon insists that the leak did not include information on financial transactions, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

The gaming firm is advising its subscribers to change their passwords to avoid any more damage, even though the passwords leaked were encrypted.

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