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13 Million South Koreans at Risk Following MapleStory Hack

Last week, the popular Korean MMO MapleStory was attacked by hackers through which the personal information of more than three-quarter users of the Korean website have been put at risk.

There were usernames, IDs, passwords, as well as residential registration numbers which were affected by the attack however, all these information remained encrypted. Post this security breach the publisher has requested the users to change their passport as a security measure. The company claims that no financial information about the subscribers has been leaked reports VideoGamer (opens in new tab).

According to reports, the users based in outside Korea were not targeted because of regional server locks, reported Kotaku (opens in new tab).

The information of hacking came few days before Nexon's plans for floating on the Stock Exchange of Tokyo on December 14th. Through the IPO Nexon is hoping to earn £800 million through their Japanese subsidiary in order to fund new game developments.

Recently, Nexon also declared the latest level of triple-stage update for MMO's European version will be taking place from next month and would contain enhanced skills, class re-balancing, latest crafting system and also PvP mode.

There are over 18 million subscribers of Maple Story globally, which proves its extreme popularity and perhaps this is the reason why it has been targeted by the hackers.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.