|At NewCore Outlet's Gangnam Branch in Seoul's Seocho District, a notice from Nov. 22 indicates the department store's second and third floors have been shut down earlier than usual business hours due to an electronic system error. Yonhap|
|Nearly half of E-Land Group's 50 branches of NewCore Outlet, above, and NC Department Store nationwide were forced to shut down on Sunday due to a ransomware attack. Yonhap|
The group said its corporate network system was attacked by ransomware early in the morning. Such a malware attack has forced 23 of its 50 branches of NC Department Store and NewCore Outlet to halt their operations, E-Land added.
Ransomware is software that intentionally blocks users from accessing their digital files unless a payment is made for a decryption key.
The group said it has currently shut part of its corporate network system to minimize the damage and has asked the police to investigate the cyberattack. (Yonhap)