Pyongyang hacks phones of government officials: Seoul

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Seoul, March 8 (IANS) Pyongyang hacked smartphones of dozens of Seoul’s key government officials to wiretap text messages and voice calls, the media reported on Tuesday citing the South Korean spy agency.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) held an emergency meeting to examine preparations of the government agencies against North Korean cyber terror threats along with 14 ministries, including the defence and science ministries, Xinhua reported.

Choi Jong-il, third deputy chief of the NIS, in charge of industrial intelligence and cyber security affairs, who convened the meeting, reported on these hacking attacks.

North Korea had conducted hacking attacks against smartphones of tens of key South Korean government officials between late February and early March, taking voice calls and text messages, according to the NIS.

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