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Defense ministry mulling guidelines for psychological cyber warfare
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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:43:07 +0000 (UTC)


By Kim Eun-jung
Yonhap News Agency

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry is making guidelines of psychological warfare operations for its Cyber Warfare Command as part of efforts to reform the scandal-ridden unit to stay politically neutral, a senior military official said Thursday.

The latest move comes as suspicions have grown over the role of the secretive unit, which was created in 2010 to defend against North Korea's cyber threats, as several officials came under investigation over posting political messages against the then opposition camp candidate ahead of last year's presidential election.

"The rules are aimed at providing standards for cyber warfare officials and other soldiers," the ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. "Once the rules are made, they could be used as guidelines."

Defense chief Kim Kwan-jin earlier stressed the need to conduct psychological warfare operations in cyberspace to counter Pyongyang's attempts to spread its propaganda online.


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