[ISN] South Korean cyber command raided in growing scandal

http://www.smh.com.au/world/south-korean-cyber-command-raided-in-growing-scandal-20131023-2vzqg.html By Choe Sang-Hun smh.com.au October 23, 2013 Seoul, South Korea: Military investigators raided South Korea’s Cyberwarfare Command on Tuesday after four of its officials were found to have posted political messages online last year, in what opposition lawmakers have called a smear campaign against President Park Geun-hye’s opponents before her election in December. Ms Park defeated her main opposition rival, Moon Jae-in, by roughly 1 million votes in the election and took office in February. But in a snowballing scandal, prosecutors have since said that during the presidential campaign, agents of the National Intelligence Service posted thousands of Internet messages supporting Ms Park and her governing Saenuri Party or berating government critics, including opposition presidential candidates, as shills for North Korea. Last week, opposition lawmakers alleged in the National Assembly that the military’s secretive Cyberwarfare Command had carried out a similar online campaign, separately or in coordination with the spy agency, to help sway public opinion in favour of Park before the December 19 election. On Tuesday, the Defence Ministry confirmed that four cyberwarfare officials had posted political messages. But it quoted them as saying they had acted on their own. […]