SK Communications to appeal data breach ruling awarding damages to consumer

Kim Yoo-chul reports:

SK Communications, operator of the immensely-popular Cyworld (www.cyworld.com) social network website, is challenging a damage compensation awarded to one of its customers who sued the company over its lax protection of private data.

She is among many users of Cyworld and Nate (www.nate.com) , another SK Communications service, who have pursued legal action against the company after cyber criminals raided its servers in July last year and compromised the private information of millions of users.

SK Communications, the Internet business unit of SK Telecom, the country’s biggest mobile telephony operator, confirmed Friday that it will be appealing a decision by a court in Daegu to pay the customer 1 million won in damages.

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Hackers stole the names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and residential registration codes, the Korean equivalent of social security numbers, of more than 35 million Cyworld and Nate users in last year’s data breach.

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