[ISN] Top Korean Hacker Arrested

InfoSec News isn at c4i.org
Tue Oct 12 02:19:53 EDT 2004


Han Jae-hyun
Oct 11, 2004

A man thought to be one of the most flagrant hackers in Korea has been
apprehended. The Cyber Terror Response Center (CTRC) of the National
Police Agency on Monday arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Lee,
a former employee of an information security company, on suspicion of
hacking into 1,152 public and private computer systems since March,
2003. The number represents the most successful hacking attempts by an
individual in this country.

According to the CTRC, Lee left the security company in late 2002 and
lost himself in computer hacking and collecting pornography. Later, he
sent a hacking program embedded in a photograph to a woman he had met
online -- the hacking program was activated once the picture was
opened on her computer. Lee is also charged with hacking 260,000
screen output data and keyboard input data at universities, public
organizations and businesses.

Police say that Lee was skilled enough to break into his university
computer network and forge school records in 2001. Police add that he
may have sold information and that they are currently investigating
that possibility. Universities that were targets of his hacking
include well-known institutions like Seoul National University, Pohang
University of Science and Technology and Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology.


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