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Park's aide on cybersecurity quits following recent breaches

All News 16:45 March 11, 2016

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- The presidential secretary for cybersecurity has recently resigned, an official said Friday.

Shin In-seop had been in charge of cybersecurity at the presidential office of national security since last April.

The presidential official said work is under way to find Shin's replacement, though he did not give any details on why Shin quit his job.

Shin was not immediately reached for comment.

A source familiar with the issue said Shin quit his job last week. He declined to elaborate and asked not to be identified, citing policy.

Earlier this week, South Korea accused North Korea of stealing information from about 10 South Korean officials by hacking into their smartphones between late February and early March.

It remains unclear whether North Korea's cyberattacks had any influence on Shin's resignation.

South Korea's Cabinet approved the creation of Shin's post last year as part of its efforts to better deal with cyberattacks from North Korea.

North Korea -- which has thousands of cyberwarfare personnel -- has a track record of waging cyberattacks on South Korea and the United States in recent years, though it has flatly denied any involvement.


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