AhnLab, Inc.

AhnLab, Inc.
Traded as KRX: 053800
Industry Computer software
Founded Seoul, South Korea
(15 March 1995 (1995-03-15))
Founder Ahn Cheol-Soo
Headquarters Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
Ahn Cheol-Soo (founder),
HongSun Kim(CEO),
Kim Cheol-Soo (former CEO)
Products Antivirus software,
Network security products,
Mobile security products
Services Computer security,
Network security
Revenue 126,757,000,000 (2012)[1]
Owner HongSun Kim
Number of employees
850 (2013)
Website Korean(HQ) http://www.ahnlab.com
Footnotes / references

AhnLab, Inc., founded in 1995, is a security software provider in South Korea. AhnLab sells computer software such as antivirus software, online security, network security appliances such as Advanced Threat (Malware) Detection & Remediation, including APT type of cyber attack, firewalls, IPS, UTM, and security software for online games and the mobile web.


Establishment of AhnLab

Ahn Cheol-Soo (founder) found his computer infected with the computer virus called (c)brain. He developed a program to find and remove it and named it "Vaccine". Since then, anti-virus software has been called "Vaccine software" in Korea. He distributed the antivirus program to the public without charge, until he established AhnLab in 1995. Dr. Ahn promoted his new company in 1995.[9][10]


Since its founding in 1995, AhnLab has become one of the largest security software companies over 50% of market share in the Korean security market alone and approximately 500 distributors worldwide.[11][12] In September 2001, AhnLab was listed in the KRX: 053800. Headquartered in Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, AhnLab is traded on the KOSDAQ under the symbol AhnLab.

On the tenth anniversary of the company's founding (2005), Ahn Cheol-Soo resigned his position as the CEO, Kim Cheol-Soo was appointed as the successor.[7] Current CEO is HongSun Kim(appointed in 2008).[13][14]

AhnLab has been selected as one of the Korea's most admired company for five years from 2004 to 2010.[15][16][17]

On 4 October 2011, Ahnlab' Headquarters has moved to Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do.[18] On 29 March 2012, Ahnlab' Korean company name has been changed from (주)안철수연구소 to (주)안랩 by the annual meeting of shareholders.



AhnLab has many security software for PC, Network and Mobile, including:

HackShield (2001 ~ 2015)

HackShield is a hacking and cheating prevention software suite and service[19] for MMOs and has been used in games by Nexon and NCSoft.[20] It has been available to Korean game developers since 2001[20] and American game developers since 2005.[21]

See also


  1. AhnLab's Homepage http://www.ahnlab.com/company/site/ir/finance_yresult.jsp
  2. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. 15 March 1995. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  3. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  4. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  5. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  6. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  7. 1 2 Article "김철수, 안철수 연구소 사장" at BiznMedia.com (Korean)
  8. "Ahnlab (053800) Company Profile". CorporateInformation.com. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  9. "AhnLab". AhnLab. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  10. "Ahn Chul-soo: “Korea needs horizontal thinking to make a Nintendo game player.”" at Korea Foundation.
  11. "Security: The Last Hope for IT Growth?" at Korea IT Times.
  12. AhnLab Considers Overseas M&A at Korea IT Times.
  13. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  14. "AhnLab Looks to Perform in International Stage" at Korea Times.
  15. http://www.kmac.co.kr/certify/certify_01a_1.asp (Korean)
  16. "'The Korea's Most Admired company' in 2013" at Yonhap News (20 February 2013). (Korean)
  17. "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. AhnLab. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  18. at Digital Daily
  19. "AhnLab HackShield for Online Game 2.0". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  20. 1 2 Brightman, James (2005-11-22). "Shielding Your MMO Against Hackers". GameDaily. Archived from the original on 2007-12-31.
  21. "Ahnlab Announces HackShield - The Most Progressive MMOG Anti-Hacking Software". 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2008-09-03.

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