North Korean hackers attack South Korea game network

More than 30 North Korean hackers were hired to work in China by a South Korean crime ring to steal the personal data of South Korean gamers, and channeled $5 million to their impoverished country in compensation, South Korea's police said on Thursday.

North Korea has been blamed for spreading malicious computer software that paralyzed websites of government agencies and businesses, and for a cyber attack on a South Korean bank this year that brought down its network.

Police say the hackers, who were graduates of elite North Korean universities, could have easily broken into computer networks of agencies to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software. Police said they had arrested 15 people in South Korea who recruited the hackers and set them up in China to break into a large South Korean online game network and steal its users' personal information.