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  • confusedsafferinkorea
  • Waygook Lord

    • 5724

    • October 08, 2010, 01:02:32 pm
    • Zhubei, Hsinchu County, Taiwan (not part of China)
ID Problem
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:27:12 am »
Alrighty then..............

South Korea's national identity card system may need a complete overhaul following huge data thefts dating back to 2004.

The government is considering issuing new ID numbers to every citizen aged over 17, costing billions of dollars.

The ID numbers and personal details of an estimated 80% of the country's 50 million people have been stolen from banks and other targets, say experts.

Rebuilding the system could take up to a decade, said one.

Some 20 million people, including the president Park Geun-hye, have been victims of a data theft from three credit card companies.

"The problems have grown to a point where finding a way to completely solve them looks unlikely,'' technology researcher Kilnam Chon told Reuters.

There are several reasons that the ID cards have proved so easy to steal:

    Identity numbers started to be issued in the 1960s and still follow the same pattern. The first few digits are the user's birth date, followed by either a one for male or two for female

    Their usage across different sectors makes them master keys for hackers, say experts

    If details are leaked, citizens are unable to change them

    The government required net-users who wanted to deal with banks or shops online to use a Microsoft product, ActiveX, to provide a digital signature but critics say it was a simple password that could easily be duplicated

The news will be an embarrassment for a country that has gained a reputation as one of the most tech-savvy nations in the world.

About 85% of South Korea's people are online, many with super-fast net access. The country's population owns 40 million smartphones.
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!

  • stricks
  • Adventurer

    • 58

    • August 27, 2013, 09:10:55 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: ID Problem
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 07:50:00 am »
I have been told to put my AMERICAN identification numbers (driver's license, SSN, passport number) on forms many times and the only one I supply is my passport number. I wonder how many foreigners have freely given up their own country's identification information and had it potentially compromised in the process.

Anyway, it sounds like shaking the Etcha-a-Sketch clean and starting over might be the best bet for Korea. After they fix their archaic web security standards.

Re: ID Problem
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014, 02:15:09 pm »
I wonder if this has anything to do with an entire country using computers and software that have been outdated for decades...  I always wonder if Koreans know that in every place outside of Korea, Internet Explorer is the butt of tech jokes. 

  • pkjh
  • The Legend

    • 2074

    • May 02, 2012, 02:59:44 pm
    • Asia
Re: ID Problem
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014, 02:30:44 pm »
They've got to stop requiring to put in your ID number for a simple daum account. Actually Koreans need to toughen up, and not take online criticism personally.