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Insurance Covers Financial Losses From Hacking




Insurance Covers Financial Losses From Hacking
Insurance Covers Financial Losses From Hacking



http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/biz/200612/kt2006120519175511870.htm 

By Na Jeong-ju
Staff Reporter
12-05-2006 

Financial service providers will be required to insure customers 
accounts to cover financial damage caused by hackers and financial 
accidents beginning next month, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) 
said Tuesday.

The FSS will make it compulsory for banks to sign insurance contracts 
that can cover financial damage of up to 2 billion won in the case of 
hackers and electronic system breakdowns. The policy is in line with 
toughened regulations on online financial transactions that will take 
effect beginning January.

Commercial banks, the Industrial Bank of Korea and the National 
Agricultural Cooperative Federation must provide insurance that covers 
damage up to 2 billion won.

The Korea Development Bank, the Korea Post and the National Federation 
of Fisheries Cooperatives must have insurance coverage of up to 1 
billion won, while securities firms and stock-related financial firms 
must have coverage of 500 million won. Insurance companies must have 
policies that cover damages of up to 100 million won.

The government is moving to oblige financial institutions to compensate 
consumers for virtually all financial losses from hackers intrusions 
into online financial accounts and personal data.

Even if financial firms are not directly responsible for the hackers 
damage, banks and non-banking institutions should compensate customers 
for the damages from electronic break-ins.

The FSS believes the measure would alleviate fears of some 23 million 
Korean e-banking, phone banking and automatic telling machine (ATM) 
users over incurring monetary losses due to online identity theft, 
account intrusion attacks and consumer personal information hacking.


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