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South Korea Faces Major Credit Card Hack

dateline: 21 January 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • hack: the unauthorized access of secure information via computer
  • data: information
  • lone: working alone (without a partner or conspirator)
  • IT: information technology
  • telemarketing: advertising through telephone calls and messages
  • expiry: the date when something becomes invalid

South Korea Faces Major Credit Card Hack

Approximately 40% of South Korea’s population has been by a major credit card hack. The banking of about 20 million customers from three different credit card was stolen. The data included names, social security numbers, numbers and expiry dates. The stolen information was sold to telemarketing companies. A lone IT worker for the Korea Credit Bureau has been arrested for the hacking. Managers from the phone companies who purchased the data have also been arrested. Any financial losses to customers will be by the credit card firms.

  1. How many people were affected by this security breach?
  2. What was stolen?
  3. Who was responsible for the hacking?

Discussion Question: Do you take precautions to make sure your personal and financial information is safe, or are you confident that your data is protected by your financial institution?

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