South Korean Internet Regulator Confirms Data Breach at Popular Video Sharing Site

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By James Lim

Oct. 22 — Pandora TV Co. Ltd., the South Korea-based operator of the country's biggest video sharing website, lost 114,707 pieces of personal information during two confirmed intrusions in September, an official at the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 22.

“Based on what we have found so far, 7.4 million pieces of personal information were viewed, and 114,707 of them were stolen,” Eom Yeol, director of the KCC Privacy Protection and Ethics Division, said.

The Internet regulator is continuing its probe to determine whether Pandora TV was in violation of data security rules, he said.

The enforcement investigation came after Pandora TV requested technical support from the Korea Internet Security Agency, the country's online data security and domain name administration agency. Pandora contacted the agency after it discovered unauthorized access to its servers, according to the KCC.

Pandora TV disclosed the breach in a public notice on its website Oct. 15. Pandora TV offers YouTube-style user-generated content and ads.

The company said the affected information includes user identification information and passwords, birth dates and telephone numbers, as well as names and addresses.

Details on how the breach occurred and who is responsible are at present unknown, Eom said.

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