A fire in the service data center of Kakao, one of South Korea's Internet leaders, paralyzed many services for more than a day. The President's Office of South Korea also spoke today, arguing that such network problems not only seriously affect people's livelihood, "sometimes may also become a fatal problem for national security." .

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[Central News Agency] The fire in the service data center of Kakao, one of the leading Internet companies in South Korea, paralyzed most projects for more than a day. The President's Office of South Korea said today that such network problems not only seriously affect people's livelihood activities, but also may become a national security issue. fatal problem".

Yonhap News Agency reported that Kim Eun-hye, the chief publicity secretary of the South Korean President’s Office, made the above remarks at a press conference today, and conveyed the position of President Yin Xiyue through written information, regarding the interruption of the additional network services provided by Kakao, Naver and other companies, causing inconvenience and loss to the public, causing inconvenience and loss to the public. The government recognizes the seriousness of the situation.

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Yin Xiyue instructed relevant units to clarify the cause of the accident, and thoroughly drafted preventive plans and related measures such as setting up a backup data center, and also asked the Ministry of Science, Technology and Communications to raise the level of the department in charge of related affairs from the head of the office to the minister to supervise in person.

Jin Enhui pointed out that in modern society, the construction of data communication infrastructure is related to national security and people's lives. Kakaotalk's long-term interruption of service will not only cause serious inconvenience and loss to the people, such network interference may also become a fatal problem leading to a national security crisis.

She emphasized that countries and international companies that have a leading position in the IT field in the world have recently been very concerned about the resilience of online platform operations. "This is the responsibility of the company and a commitment to society." Although it is a private enterprise, its service content is related to national security and people's livelihood, and it should also be managed and supervised by the government.

Regarding the media's concern about whether this incident may trigger discussions about the monopoly of the market by online platform operators, a senior official of the South Korean Presidential Office said that in fact, there have been many discussions about the corresponding freedom and social responsibility of platform operators that provide a wide range of services. For now, however, the government is focusing first on measures to help minimize user inconvenience and loss.

According to preliminary research by the police, the fire at the SK Data Center in Banqiao New City, South Seoul, on the 15th was caused by the power room on the third underground floor.

Kakao has repeatedly interrupted services due to server problems, which has also caused user dissatisfaction. Especially this time, Naver, which was also affected, resumed normal services in a short period of time, making Kakao more questioned, including "why Naver can, Kakao can't", "Why? The backup system is not ready", "Why are there so many subsidiaries, but the servers are not separated", etc.