South Korea’s national identity card system may need a complete overhaul following huge data thefts dating back to 2004.
The government is considering issuing new ID numbers to every citizen aged over 17, costing billions of dollars.
The ID numbers and personal details of an estimated 80% of the country’s 50 million people have been stolen from banks and other targets, say experts.
Rebuilding the system could take up to a decade, said one.
Some 20 million people, including the president Park Geun-hye, have been victims of a data theft from three credit card companies.
“The problems have grown to a point where finding a way to completely solve them looks unlikely,” technology researcher Kilnam Chon told Reuters.
There are several reasons that the ID cards have proved so easy to steal:
The news will be an embarrassment for a country that has gained a reputation as one of the most tech-savvy nations in the world.
About 85% of South Korea’s people are online, many with super-fast net access. The country’s population owns 40 million smartphones.
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I heard about this story today. It seems the US is not the only one who is being hit by a barrage of ID theft.
It seems like a ‘push’ towards a GLOBAL ID system.