North Korean agent faces the firing squad after he was caught Googling ‘Kim Jong Un’
After being caught using his internet privileges to “google” Kim Jong Un, a North Korean agent is facing a firing squad
This comes after several employees keep watch on all internal and external electronic communications, and were caught surfing the web without authorization.
A source in Pyongyang said that a colleague of the Ministry of State Security agents informed them, and an inspection revealed the illicit research.
The agents were dismissed, and one who researched Kim Jong Un now faces a firing squad, a ministry source told Daily NK, a newspaper based in neighboring South Korea.
Daily NK reports that they were developing computer programs to monitor and control the country’s internet traffic and manage remote access and security systems.
This incident led to a severe crackdown at the ministry. Investigators are also investigating whether any agents involved may have leaked illicit information.
The actions of the agent who had researched the leader were deemed unforgivable since he was a ‘security warrior tasked with defending the Greatest Dignity [Kim Jong Un] with his life’. ‘This act alone… could get him shot,’ the newspaper wrote.
The article didn’t specify whether Google was the search engine used, but it is one of the two leading search engines in neighboring South Korea, along with Naver.
Only a handful of North Koreans are permitted internet access; most are expected to make do with a regime-run intranet service where the flow of information is tightly monitored.