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South Koreans cancel credit cards

Huge numbers of South Koreans have rushed to cancel their credit cards after the Financial Services Commission of South Korea said 104 million customer records had been stolen from three of the country’s main credit card companies. Almost 40 percent of people in the country have had their details stolen since 2012, with many threatening to sue credit card officials.

South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers prepare application forms to cancel their credit cards at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers prepare application forms to cancel their credit cards at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
A South Korean woman leaves a branch of KB Kookmin Bank on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
A customer prepares an application form to cancel a credit card at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers wait in a line to apply for their credit cards reissued at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers wait in a line to apply for their credit cards reissued at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers prepare an application form to cancel their credit card at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)
South Koreans cancel credit cards
Customers wait in a line to apply for their credit cards reissued at Lotte Card's main office on January 22, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Financial Services Commission of South Korea said millions of customer records were stolen from three of South Korea's major credit card companies beginning in December 2012. (Getty Images)