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South Korea

Updated: 01/05/2000

Still no major Y2K glitches

Banks and the stock exchange were up and running yesterday after a four-day banking holiday taken as a precaution against possible Y2K computer glitches.

With the financial sector unaffected by the computer bug, all 13 mission-critical sectors, including nuclear power plants and supplies of gas, water and electricity, were left relatively unscathed. Although experts caution that Y2K computer glitches may still occur in small- and medium-sized businesses, they are likely to be minor and readily fixed.

Minister of Information and Communication Namgoong Suek lifted the state of alert under which the government has been operating since Dec. 29 after declaring yesterday that all 13 key sectors were free from the Y2K bug.

The ministry said that it would now prepare for possible problems occurring Feb. 29. Some Y2K experts have warned that there could be leap year glitches, as some computer calendars do not allow for Feb. 29.

There were 16 confirmed cases of Y2K glitches in the country as of late yesterday afternoon, according to the ministry.

Of the 13 key sectors under monitoring, only the medical facilities sector was affected, with two cases reported in small hospitals. The other 14 cases were minor problems that were fixed quickly, the Y2K Situation Room said.

The country spent about 1.37 trillion won in preparations against the Y2K bug.

The Korea Herald, Info-Tech section, by Kim Hoo-ran Staff reporter


(Earlier article)

Updated: 01/04/2000

Y2K glitch causes only minor inconveniences

Basic services, such as electric power, water and gas supplies, are running as normal, unaffected by the millennium bug. However, it is impossible to say there will be no problems in the weeks to come, according to Information and Communication Vice Minister Ahn Byong-yub yesterday.

There were 11 cases of Y2K computer glitches as of yesterday afternoon, according to the ministry, with 48 reported cases of Y2K related computer viruses and five cases of break-ins by hackers.

During a press briefing yesterday, Ahn said that, although all of the problems were minor, more such problems are likely to surface in the next few weeks and months. He explained that fixing the Y2K bug involved mostly manual work, leaving room for human error.


The Korea Herald, by Kim Hoo-ran Staff reporter


(Initial Report)

Updated: 01/03/2000

Minor Y2K glitches reported during New Year's holiday

Although no major havoc was reported in connection with the Y2K problem, minor "millennium bug" glitches were reported during the New Year's holiday.

They included computer glitches reported by two hospitals and an apartment complex.

Ansan Severance Hospital and Dongshin Hospital in Kyonggi Province yesterday reported that a computer-controlled marrow measurer malfunctioned, along with a patient-registration system, the Y2K Emergency Situation Room of the provincial government said.

Due to the computer bug, the patient registration program at Ansan Severance Hospital recorded the age of a newborn baby as 100 years old, since the program recognized the New Year as 1900.

The marrow measurer at Dongshin Hospital malfunctioned similarly by recognizing patients' ages wrong.

But no critical accidents have been reported, officials at the situation room said.

It was the second Y2K-caused problem reported in the nation, after residents of an apartment complex in Pyongchon, also in Kyonggi Province, had to go without heat and hot water on the first day of the new year due to a thermostat failure.

Heat was resumed at around 7 p.m. Saturday, after mechanics dispatched from the government's situation room switched the automatic heating controller to manual. The hot water supply also resumed at 7 a.m. yesterday.

Officials at the apartment management office said it would take some time before the whole system goes into normal operation, as the central process units (CPUs) of the four heating controllers still need to be replaced. (CJS)

The Korea Herald

-- Lee Maloney (, February 13, 2000

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