This is just getting better and better. The police found that the NIS agent accused of being part of the effort to affect the presidential election had a little help from a regular civilian. The agent borrowed the civilian’s resident registration number [주민등록번호] to sign up for sites that require real-name checks, and made posts criticizing the progressives under the borrowed name. The civilian, in turn, borrowed five of the agent’s 16 fake online IDs to make similar types of posts.
There are also indications that the NIS agent attempted to take down some of her posts after the Elections Commission began the investigation. The police initially announced that the NIS agent 49 posts on Today’s Humor, but later amended the number to 91 posts after having found that 42 posts under the NIS agent’s ID were deleted.
The police also traced the IP address of these two, and found scores of same or similar IP addresses that “up-voted” the posts made by the NIS agent and her civilian “friend.” In all likelihood, this indicates a systematic attempt by the NIS to affect the presidential election, rather than being the case of a single person who were expressing her political opinion.
For her part, the NIS agent responded by threatening to sue the police, the websites that gave up the information, and the journalists who reported the story. An unnamed NIS official, in a phone call with Kyunghyang Shinmun, said “NIS agents may engage in espionage with their acquaintances who volunteer.”
So there you have it, MH commentariat. Do you really hate North Korean elements operating in South Korean Internet? You, too, can volunteer with the NIS and play some spy games, while doing the exact same thing that you always do on this site.