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N. Korea successfully hacks scores of S. Korean officials: spy agency

All Headlines 16:29 March 11, 2016

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea successfully hacked scores of senior South Korean officials recently, a ruling party lawmaker said Friday, citing Seoul's spy agency.

"(The North) successfully sent malicious emails to 40 diplomats and military officials by impersonating the presidential office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Unification Ministry," Lee Cheol-woo of the ruling Saenuri Party said.

Lee made the comments to reporters after attending a closed-door parliamentary session of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in western Seoul.

Rep. Joo Ho-young, who also attended the session, said that the North Korean cyberattacks against Seoul have doubled in the past month, citing the NIS briefing.

Joo also said that smartphones of major S. Korean government officials were attacked by North Korean hackers between late February and early March.

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