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North Korean hackers likely targeted S. Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange
The prosecution is looking into the possibility that North Korean hackers were responsible for the recent leak of 30,000 user records from Bithumb, a leading online currency exchange based in South Korea. Authorities said Monday they are tracking IP addresses and access routes linked to the breach. Although not yet confirmed, North Korea is being considered a likely suspect. ...
New anti-corruption agency to probe senior public officials
The justice ministry unveiled its measures for an independent agency established to investigate corruption involving senior public officials and their families, Sunday. The new agency will remain independent from the judiciary, administration and legislature and will have authority over investigation and indictment, which until now only prosecutors had full access to. This comes as part of President Moon Jae-in’s drive to curb graft and other forms of power abuse, especially among high-level officials and government bodies. An independent investigative body has been deemed critical in achiev...
How long will it take to evacuate from Korea's tallest building?
The evacuation time for Korea’s tallest building in case of fire was estimated to be over an hour. Data from the National Fire Agency revealed it takes up to 63 minutes to evacuate the 123-floor-high, 555-meter-tall Lotte World Tower in case of fire, according to Rep. Jin Sun-mee of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Sunday. As skyscrapers increasingly crowd major Korean cit...
Audit to focus on settling 'toxic' sanitary pad dispute
An ongoing controversy over alleged toxicity of sanitary pads is expected to become a major dispute during an audit of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety slated for Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare will summon key figures embroiled in this scandal as witnesses, according to the National Assembly, Saturday. This includes Prof. Kim Man-goo of Kangwon National University and Leean So-young, director general of the Korean Women's Environmental Network (KWEN). They raised suspicions over the possible health consequences of domestically produced sanitary pads as well as executives at ...
English teacher, entrepreneur bring expats together through basketball
The largest expat basketball league in Korea is run by two guys from California working in complete different fields but joined by the same passion for the sport. Hindson Her, 31, is the founder of the league run under the group, “Project Ball.” He has been teaching English in Seoul since 2010. He began playing basketball with a small group of friends who longed to form bonds...
Widow undergoes probe, denies role in daughter's death
The widow of legendary folk singer Kim Kwang-seok underwent police questioning, Thursday, over her alleged involvement in their daughter’s death. Previously she claimed her withholding information of the death from Kim’s family was irrelevant. Seo Hae-soon is accused by Kim’s family members of deliberately withholding information of the death during a trial over Kim’s copyrig...
Audit reveals rampant embezzlement in private universities
Thousands of employees at private universities were found to have embezzled 310.7 billion won ($274 million) in school funds over the past 10 years, according to an audit report by the Ministry of Education. There were 736 cases in which school employees embezzled money from student tuition, admission fees and research funds, according to a ministry report containing audit results of 360 private universities between 2008 and 2017. Among them, 80 have faced legal suits or investigation. Common misdemeanors included making unlawful transactions such as using the school credit card for golf and...
National vs school-centered exam system
Korea currently faces a population decline and an aging society; while internationally, it is faced with rapid changes and a new FTA system. Moreover, with the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to increasingly foster creative talent for our society. There are two ways to lead our education system effectively. The first is school education; the second is t...
Human rights issue flares up at Seoul National University
Seoul National University canceled its annual Human Rights Week this year, originally slated for this week from Tuesday to Thursday. This follows a student boycott of the event, which has been hosted by the university’s Human Rights Center since 2013. Instead, student groups will hold a separate event on Wednesday and Thursday highlighting the various human rights issues, inc...
Spy agency hit for meddling in state-issued history textbooks making
Korea’s spy agency is likely to undergo a prosecutorial probe over allegations it had systematically interfered with the introduction of the single state-issued history textbook under the previous Park Geun-hye administration. The Ministry of Education said it will request an investigation this week over allegations the National Intelligence Service (NIS) had tried to support the state-issued history textbook system by forging opinion documents to help introduce the controversial system. This follows a request by an investigation committee that discovered a host of identical statements produ...
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