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South Korean Police Target North Korean Hacking Scheme

South Korean police say they have arrested five people suspected of working with North Korean hackers accused of stealing millions of dollars from South Korean online gaming sites.

The five suspects were recruited by a South Korean crime organization to work in China alongside more than 30 hackers from North Korea, say authorities.

They say their scheme involved hackers brreaking into the gaming sites and stealing users' personal information, which was used to create virtual players. Those identities would then be sold to actual online gamers.  

Police say the North Korean hackers were graduates of the isolated regime's elite universities and accuse them of sending the money they made from the scheme back to Pyongyang.

Seoul says the North has carried out cyberattacks against the South in recent years, including an attack on a banking network run by an agricultural cooperative in April.   

North Korea calls the accusation a fabrication aimed at perpetuating North-South political tensions.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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