Korea to begin indefinite crackdown on illegal circulation of leaked dataUpdated: 2014-02-03 06:28:33 (KST)
With the public still up in arms over the largest ever personal information leak here in Korea, the government is taking more steps to prevent further damage from the data breach.
Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said Sunday that law enforcement authorities will begin an indefinite crackdown on those who illegally circulate or use leaked personal data.
As punishment for the leak, the country's financial regulators will notify the three credit card companies that had their customer data stolen - KB Kookmin Card, NH Nonghyup Card and Lotte Card - that their business operations will be suspended for three months starting February 17th.
Last month's leak, which affected at least 20 million people, has raised concerns the data could have ended up in the hands of scammers.
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