November 01, 2011 07:31
More pro-North Korean websites run on servers based overseas out of South Korean jurisdiction, according to police.
The number of overseas-based pro-North websites detected by police rose from 73 in 2007 to 127 this year. Some 53 of them were based on servers in the United States, 29 in Japan, 19 in China, and 5 in North Korea.
Overall pro-North Korean activities have increased rapidly since 2009. Over the last three years, police closed down 281 pro-North Korean web forums and websites and blocked access to 44 overseas-based ones, bringing charges against 165 people for posting messages extolling the North Korean regime.
Police blocked access to 219 accounts on Twitter and other social networking sites due to their pro-North Korean messages.
Thirty-seven of these sites, or 13.2 percent, were traced to schoolchildren.
"We didn't seek charges against them [schoolchildren] because we found that they posted just three or four pro-North Korean materials on the sites after opening them out of simple curiosity," a police officer said. "But we urgently need to act given that young children are evidently affected by pro-North Korean propaganda."
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