Personal details, relating to half of South Korea's population, have been stolen by hackers, including full names, account names, passwords and resident registration numbers.
The hack was revealed after 16 people were arrested for stealing data from a number of online game and movie ticket sites. They are said to have set up targeted attacks on registration pages of the sites to siphon off the personal details.
In total, 220 million records were stolen and they are said to contain 'personally identifiable' information about 27 million people aged between 15 and 65. One of the hackers, known only by the name of 'Kim', used an extractor that allowed him to log onto user accounts after they used the sign up page and buy virtual currency using their account. He then managed to sell this virtual currency for a profit of $390,000 (£235,000).