More than 100,000 cases of cyber crime occur in S. Korea every year

Buildings are seen at the shopping district in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea.</p>

Buildings are seen at the shopping district in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea-- South Korea has seen over 100,000 cases of cyber crime every year since 2010, a lawmaker said Friday citing government data.

According to Kang Dong-won, an independent lawmaker, the number of cybercrimes in the country, including hacking and distributed denial-of-service attack, was 108,223 in 2012, 116,961 in 2011 and 122,902 in 2010.

The data compiled by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning indicate there were an average of 296 cyberattacks by unidentified hackers per day in 2012.

In July, South Korea announced a plan to almost triple the number of software security experts to 200 by the end of this year to better cope with the rising number of cyberattacks.

South Korea has said North Korea is likely behind the latest high-profile attack in June that led to the shutdown of websites of the presidential office, government offices, news outlets and banks.