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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 17th, 2012 at 3:27 am

North Korean Unit Conducting Wiretapping Operations

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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.

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  • kangaji
    6:01 am on November 17th, 2012 1

    WTF?? Really!? They were sending operational info over their cell phones? Wow…

  • comfortable.chairs
    8:27 am on November 17th, 2012 2

    Hmm… think our NorK buddies could do something about this blocked porn? THAT’D be swell.

  • Eddie Cantor
    2:06 pm on November 17th, 2012 3

    If they’re reading EVERYTHING then they’re wading through a heck of a lot of porn and K-Pop crap. The North Korean PVT Numbnutts, who has to look through all of that for the “Glorious revolution” and his “Great Eater” will probably have his brain fried.

  • Teadrinker
    8:39 am on November 18th, 2012 4

    Actually, I’m not surprised.



  • Flyingsword
    4:53 pm on November 18th, 2012 5

    the South Koreans are terrible about operational security, worse than the US, if that is possible.

    Since the FBI is reading my emails, its only fair the nk listen to my cell phone…

  • William
    5:38 am on November 19th, 2012 6

    We used to be very aware and protective against this in the 80s/90s befroe wireless phones and even landlines were too easy targets. It seems nowadays everyone talks about everything through a cell phone, a private phone used for the benefit of Army is practically if not explicitly a job requirement. If the Army decided to UCMJ everyone who let out operational info over a wireless phone, we would 1 commander left (the one with a cell phone broken more than a day during the big roundup) next to no CSM or 1SG and a whole heap else taken out.

    Hey, the Army is downsizing and look at what is catching up to the Generals!

    Still, a good promotion opportunity for the rest not nabbed in teh dragnet!


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