Asia Briefs: S. Korea's computers hacked by North

S. Korea's computers hacked by North

SEOUL • North Korea hacked into more than 140,000 computers at 160 South Korean firms and government agencies, planting malicious code under a long-term plan to launch a massive cyber attack against its rival.

Police in the South said yesterday the hacking began in 2014 and was detected in February, after the North managed to steal information from two conglomerates, including defence-related material.


Japanese talent agents held over alleged abuse

TOKYO • Three Japanese talent agents who allegedly forced a woman to appear in more than 100 pornographic videos have been arrested.

Tokyo police yesterday said the suspects, including an executive at the Marks Japan agency, were arrested on suspicion of violating the worker dispatch law.

Local media said the woman signed a contract as a model with the agency in 2009, and was forced to appear in more than 100 videos. The talent agency pressed the victim to perform in adult videos by allegedly warning her that she had to pay penalties for breach of contract if she refused.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe