Hyundai hacker had hit DaumA computer hacker who stole personal information on customers of Hyundai Capital, a financial unit of Hyundai Motor Group, is suspected of being the same hacker who attacked Daum Communications four years ago, the police said on Wednesday.
The cyber investigation unit at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said that it believes a hacker surnamed Shin, 37, is behind the crime. The cyber unit also believes Shin has fled to the Philippines.
The police determined Shin’s role in the hacking crime after questioning a 33-year-old private education institute instructor surnamed Ahn, who paid for the use of one of the servers that had been used in the hacking of Hyundai Capital.
According to police, Shin posted an advertisement online stating that he would create an illegal online gambling Web site last February. When Ahn contacted Shin, police said that Shin introduced himself as “a famous programmer who has had the experience of hacking a portal site.” Shin also requested that Ahn pay the local server usage fee of 6,600 won($6), saying that “the money is needed for laundering Internet protocol when creating a gambling Web site.”
Police considered Shin the top suspect as soon as Hyundai Capital reported the case on April 7, after he hacked into the Daum site in October 2007, police said.
Shin stole 40,000 members’ resident registration numbers by breaking into Daum’s customer service system and then blackmailed the company for 5 million won, police said.
Police were able to arrest suspects who withdrew the money but failed to capture Shin, who fled to the Philippines.
After the Hyundai incident, the Seoul cyber team asked the International Criminal Police Organization and the police in the Philippines to find out the location of the IP, trace bank accounts and “carry out a compulsory repatriation to Korea when the suspect is caught,” an official from the cyber investigation unit said.
Police in the Philippines confirmed yesterday that the IP address from the Philippines belonged to Shin.
Police reports indicate that Shin has been involved in three more crimes since fleeing to the Philippines, including hacking into a server of a Korean communications company.
By Yim Seung-hye [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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