For those of you living within 140 kilometers of the DMZ, Kim Jong-un may be reading your e-mail:
The North Korean military’s Fourth Army Corps that perpetrated the shelling of South Korea’s Yeongpyeong Island in 2010 was found to be operating a wiretap unit targeting the South’s northwestern border islands.
A South Korean Marine Corps official says the Fourth Army Corps’ wiretapping ability for wireless networks can reach 140 kilometers south of the truce line.
He says North Korea is believed to be eavesdropping on most wireless networks in South Korea’s Gimpo and Ganghwa areas and northwestern islands including Yeongpyeong.
The Marine Corps has therefore reportedly ordered military bases in the above mentioned areas to exchange operation and training details via a tactical communication network installed with cryptic codes and not through personal cell phones.
The Fourth Army Corps is the unit overseeing North Korea’s western Yellow Sea region including Hwanghae Province. The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son and incumbent leader Kim Jong-un visited this unit in November last year. [KBS Global]
Regardless of whether North Korea is listening in or not, it is not a good idea to be discussing military operational details via cell phone in the first place.