Cybersecurity News that Matters

Cybersecurity News that Matters

National employment platform exposed 230,000 users’ personal data

by Kuksung Nam

Jul. 07, 2023
12:03 PM GMT+9

The South Korean government announced on Thursday that its state-operated employment platform was hit by a cyberattack, exposing 230,000 users’ private data.

In a press release, the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) stated that they discovered 236,572 cases of unauthorized access in the national employment platform, Work-Net. The break in was conducted by 28 different foreign IP addresses.

KEIS assumed that the hackers used credential stuffing, a method where criminals try to gain access to an account by applying information that has already been breached. The agency explained to The Readable that they came to the assumption, as its security team did not detect any abnormal intrusions in the company’s network.

The South Korean government is sending notifications to users who allegedly had their information exposed from the data breach, requesting that they change their passwords. The disclosed data included names, genders, dates of births, addresses, phone numbers, work experiences, and identification pictures. KEIS is also planning to strengthen its security procedures, such as adopting two factor authentication, requesting that users enter an auto-generated code to sign in to add a second layer of protection.

“The hackers tried to gain access to Worknet 5 million times. They have successfully signed in to 380,000 accounts,” said an official of KEIS to The Readable. “After excluding repeated accesses, we discovered that 230,000 accounts were impacted by the attackers.”


Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest insights and trends. Tailor your subscription to fit your interests:

By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. Your email address will only be used to send you the information you have requested, and you can unsubscribe at any time through the link provided in our emails.

  • Kuksung Nam
    : Author

    Kuksung Nam is a journalist for The Readable. She has extensively traversed the globe to cover the latest stories on the cyber threat landscape and has been producing in-depth stories on security and...

    View all posts
Stay Ahead with The Readable's Cybersecurity Insights