South Korea said Friday it would launch a probe into security systems of
major retailer Shinsegae and 24 other companies after private data on some 20
million customers was leaked.

The move came a day after police arrested three South Koreans for selling
private information, including IDs, passwords and addresses, of more than 20
million compatriots online.

The three suspects bought the data from Chinese hackers who are still at
large, police said.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security said in a statement that
government agencies and police would investigate the 25 companies, to see
whether they had protected the private data of customers with security codes.

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