An employee of South Korea’s spy agency was found dead in his car with a final will and testament which also contained information on matters of “national interest.”
Reports from Yongin, South Korea, indicate a possible suicide of an employee of South Korea’s spy agency. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) employee was found dead in his car in an apparent suicide after he was reported missing by his family. According to police reports on Saturday, he left behind a will which contains sensitive information about South Korea’s controversial hacking program by the NIS.
Yonhap News reports:
Police said that the person identified only by his family name Lim worked for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and was discovered around noon on a mountain road in Yongin, south of Seoul. Investigators present at the site said there was a burnt coal inside the car and no sign of forced entry, making it likely that the 45-year-old took his own life.
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They also said he left a three-page, handwritten will on the front passenger seat that expressed his feelings about family and work, which included matters of “national interest.”
Police said they could not release more details about the will because relatives were opposed to the contents becoming public.
Family members reported his disappearance after Lim left home around 5 a.m. and could not be contacted, authorities said.
The apparent suicide and the will are expected to further stoke the controversy surrounding where and how the NIS used the hacking program.
The software program, which uses Remote Control System technology, allows hackers to manipulate and track smartphones and computers by installing spyware.
The NIS said it bought the program made by an Italian company in 2012 and confirmed it can be used to hack into up to 20 mobile phones simultaneously.
The NIS claimed it used the program for the purpose of strengthening cyber warfare capabilities against Pyongyang.
Such explanations, however, are met with skepticism by many in the country, and in particular, the main opposition party, which thinks the NIS used the program to spy on South Korean civilians.
The spy agency countered that while the information about the hacking is classified, it will show the usage records of the controversial hacking program to lawmakers to alleviate concerns.
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