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Gov't to tighten security on public buildings after man's illegal entry

All News 18:07 April 07, 2016

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government on Thursday vowed to strengthen security at the country's public buildings, following the recent break-in by a man to the government complex to tamper with exam results.

On Wednesday, the Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant to formally arrest a 26-year-old identified only by his surname Song for unauthorized entry into the government complex in central Seoul and manipulating the result of the civil service examination he took.

According to the National Police Agency (NPA), Song illegally entered the building a total of five times after he stole an identification card of a public official working in the building on Feb. 28.

He had followed police officers who were returning to the complex for duty after an off day and, after entering the building, stole the ID card from a changing room, police said.

He later stole two other ID cards when the first was reported missing by the owner, police said.

On his fourth visit on March 26, Song brought a USB with a computer-unlocking program to the personnel office and added his name to the list of those who passed the national exam.

Police said they are investigating to find out more details about the incident and whether Song had an accomplice.

On Thursday, the government held a task force meeting to strengthen security at government office buildings, since the case revealed a loophole.

"We will come up with a comprehensive measure to reinforce the security system and to better educate public officials (on security issues)," said Vice Interior Minister Kim Sung-lyul, who presided over the meeting.


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