Watchdog blackmailed by hacker: names home addresses and passwords leaked

South Korea’s financial watchdog launched an investigation into the leak of 420,000 customer’s personal information from South Korea’s Hyundai Capital, the consumer finance unit of Hyundai Motor Group.

The company, whose president returned to South Korea from an overseas trip earlier in the day, also began its own probe into the leak, which prompted the firm Friday to ask its 2 million customers to change their passwords to prevent further leaks.

The Seoul-based company, which specializes in personal loans, home mortgages and auto financing, said this week it was blackmailed by an unnamed hacker demanding money in return for not releasing the data.

The company, which stressed that key data required for financial transactions was not leaked, said names and home addresses of as many as 420,000 of its some 2 million customers were stolen. It remains unconfirmed whether their mobile phone numbers or e-mail addresses were disclosed as well.

“Investigators will be dispatched to look into the cause of the breach, the possibility of additional leaks and the contents of stolen information,” an official said.

Police said Sunday that a hacker likely used servers in the Philippines and Brazil.


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