S. Korea plans to scrap online real-name system
SEOUL, Aug 11, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The South Korea government will push
ahead with plans to scrap the current real-name system for
Internet users in the wake of the country's worst online security
breach, local media reported Thursday.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security is set to
report to ruling party lawmakers about comprehensive measures to
protect personal information online, including abolishing the
real- name registration system, Yonhap news agency said.
The real-name system, introduced in 2007, requires people to
use their real names and resident registration numbers when making
online postings on websites with more than 100,000 visitors per
The move comes after the personal information of about 35
million users of the country's popular Internet and social media
sites Nate and Cyworld was stolen in a hacking attack last month.
The stolen data included user IDs, passwords, resident
registration numbers, names, mobile phone numbers and email
It was the worst online security breach in South Korea since a
cyber attack in 2008 on the website of Internet Auction Co., a
unit of U.S.-based eBay Inc., which forced 18 million users to
change their password.
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