National Intelligence Service says cyber-warfare unit ‘spread pro-government opinions and suppressed anti-government views’ ahead of 2012 poll

South Korea’s spy agency has admitted it engaged in a far-reaching attempt to manipulate voters as it sought to help conservatives win parliamentary and presidential elections.

In-house investigators from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) confirmed that the agency’s cyber-warfare unit organised and operated up to 30 teams for more than two years in the run up to the 2012 elections, the agency said in a statement late on Thursday.

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