Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in the online media <The Newsface> on Dec.18, 2011. It is basically a nice summary of the 32nd installment of number 1 podcast <나는 꼼수다 Naneun Ggomsuda (or 나꼼수 Naggomsu)> on recent developments of what they call the election fraud that took place on Oct.26 Seoul mayoral by-election. It was this podcast <Naggomsu> that raised the possibility of election rigging on Oct.26 by-election not based on any hard evidence but purely based on very partial facts and the panels’ sensitivity to catch something politically not right. As they confessed in this installment, they first noticed something was not right when they heard the news that candidate Park Won-soon’s homepage had been attacked in the early morning because no one can gain anything by attacking Park’s homepage at that early hour. Then, they heard the news that CEMC homepage was working fine but the page people tried to contact for the location of relocated voting station relocation was not working properly for about two hours during the Oct.26 morning rush hour. That’s the time when office workers who wanted to vote early before going to work would have to contact CEMC website using their smart phones and glitches of the website can be very crucial, possibly resulting in the voting rate drop, which can be beneficial to the ruling party. At this point, they started to dig deeper into the matter and noticed that something big must have worked on the election day out of desperation. They blew this thing hard because, contrary to many previous allegations or conspiracies they had raised at that time, this one can be proved by hard facts, the number of voting stations relocated all over the Seoul area, the trend of voting rate change and the log file of CEMC web server. This post delivers some of the points quite persuasively and those who don’t know Korean and, as a result, could not enjoy the podcast <Naneun ggomsuda 나는 꼼수다> would taste a little bit of the program. All rights regarding this post stay with the author of original article or with <The Newsface> and this post will be scrapped immediately at their request. Original article of this post can be found in the link at the bottom.
Joo Jin-woo, “Before the DDoS investigation announcement, the police commissioner and the then ruling party leader were communicating each other”
Jeong Bong-joo, “An army major level informant tipped … Korea Military Academy cadets were ordered to move their addresses to academy”
Joo Jin-woo reporter said police commissioner Cho Hyun-o and then ruling party leader Hong Jun-pyo were communicating with each other before ‘the DDoS attack police investigation announcement’.
Reporter Joo said in the 32nd installment of the podcast ‘Naneun ggomsuda or Naggomsu (나는 꼼수다, 나꼼수)’ released on 18th “I personally confirmed this. Even the commissioner Cho revealed this in a meeting himself.”
Earlier on 15th, the head of Democratic Party (DP) policy committee Rep. Park Young-sun raised a suspicion “it is hinted to us that originally prepared statement was doctored at the office of police commissioner Cho before the investigation announcement.” To this allegation, commissioner Cho volunteered an unscheduled press conference on 16th and declined “I saw the statement but I didn’t order them to put or drop specific sentences. Even the heaven would not forgive me if I tried to reduce or cover up a crime which can upheave the national integrity.”
Also, the head of DP cyberterror fact finding committee Rep. Paik Won-woo said about the Blue House protocol office executive secretary (level 3, 38) Park who had been with DDoS perpetrators in the eve of attack but had not been mentioned in police investigation announcement leading to a cover-up conspiracy “He was an aide of the former GNP leader Hong Jun-pyo and was in charge of internet from 2005 to 2007.”
Rep. Paik on 16th in a CBS radio program said “He was an aide of the former GNP leader Hong and he started his job when Hong ran for Seoul mayor and continued to work on internet relations for him” and continued “When GNP became the ruling party, he moved to the prime minister’s information management secretary office. It was a prime minister’s secretary office that monitored the public opinion.”
He described the prime minister’s information management secretary office as “With public service ethics secretary office which actually inspected innocent civilians, it was one of the two prevailing organizations under prime minister’s supervision.” He then added “it was an unofficial organization that did secret jobs using tax payer’s money without any receipts.” He traced aide Park’s history as “he worked as a situation management officer of the information management secretary office whose job was not exposed publicly in the official organization table and then moved to Blue House.”
In the current installment of ‘Naggomsu’, panels reiterated their version that, contrary to the police who were investigating it focused on the DDoS attack and media who reported things related to it only, DDoS attack had been, in fact, a feint motion. Although ‘Naggomsu’ and netizens are raising suspicions on the internal disconnection of CEMC website and DB that were servicing voting station location on Oct.26 by-election, media does not pay any attention on it.
Kim Eo-june, the president of <Ddanzi Ilbo> explained “DDoS is not the key; The key is what stopped the DB system that was supposed to serve the location of voting station that day. Although there was a DDoS type attack at CEMC website, it was neutralized by the LG N-Sys firewall system.”
Kim then continued “Important thing is it was not the DDoS attack that disconnected the DB link. It could be disconnected either by a hacking from outside or by an inside job. I strongly suspect the latter possibility.”
Kim added “Overall circumstance indicates that those who were involved did not anticipate the possibility that it all could be blown up.”
Reporter Joo also agreed with him. “They did not anticipate that the police and the prosecution would investigate the incident at all. That’s why Gong or others who were involved in this case transacted the money over bank accounts.”
Former Rep. Jeong Bong-joo said “At the day of DDoS attack, police already figured out it and notified Blue House about it. Some media reported that it could have reached the Chief Presidential Secretary Lim Tae-hee. If it had not been for the disclosure by Naggomsu, the whole thing could have been buried.”
Former Rep. Jeong presumed “Irrespective of whether it was aide Gong’s solo act or he was ordered by someone else, how come he could have been aware of the fact that so many voting stations would be relocated. Even the CEMC employees were not aware of that because, in practice, heads of Gu offices relocate voting stations with CEMC’s cooperation. Only the head tower who collects all information might have been aware of the whole thing.”
Former Rep. Jeong also pointed out “They say the first attack was at 1 in the morning, which could have been detected immediately by National Intelligence Agency (NIA) or by CEMC. Then, the natural process of and government organization was to move the web server into the highly safeguarded national cyber green-zone but they didn’t. That’s why they were attacked again on 6 in the morning. DP raised a problem why they had not moved the web server to national cyber green-zone.”
President Kim raised a suspicion “It is almost impossible to prepare zombie PCs in such a short time. And that, those zombie PCs should have been turned on in that early time, which is all the more difficult.”
Besides, he pointed out “Aide Gong does not get anything from the attack. At the least, he was not the aide of candidate Na; he did not have anything to do with her. It does not make any sense that an aide of a ruling party representative inadvertently made a decision to attack a government organization, and that the server that managed the whole Seoul mayoral by-election at such a critical time that linked to general and presidential election next year alone while drinking (with other perpetrators).”
Former Rep. Jeong also said “I mentioned in the 26th installment that I saw KMA cadets lining to vote in a Gongreung-dong voting station myself. At that accord, an incumbent army major level informant who had graduated KMA checked the fact and hinted it to me directly.”
Former Rep. Jeong revealed “KMA cadets basically vote by absentee ballots because they rarely stay in the academy but wander around most of the time for training. They cast their ballots wherever they are. So the informant checked it and found out that an order had come down to the cadets to move their addresses to Gongreung-dong before the Oct. 26 by-election. It is really a colossal incident.”
Former Rep. Jeong said “When the informant asked about it, they answered since Nowon-gu kept insisting on the relocation of KMA, they tried to show their presence in Nowon-gu and ordered cadets to move their addresses, really a pathetic excuse.” The informant tipped that “there was a similar incident when he was a cadet and this is the second case, a very exceptional thing.”
Former Rep. Jeong also said “There are only about 800 cadets as a whole and it will be only 150 ~ 200 margin if they count all the ballots for them even considering their conservative nature. They were that desperate to need even that margin” and raised the suspicion of high level involvement again, “There must be a comprehensive planning team who, anticipating a very tight margin election, could order KMA cadets to move their addresses and relocate voting stations entailing the DDoS feint attacks.”
President Kim assumed “How can it make sense that the ruling party attacks a government organization. When it comes to the attack on government organizations, it should have been North Korea. Usually as we could see in Nonghyup incidents, they drove everything to North Korea’s act. But, this time, they did not have a scenario. They did not expect that this could be caught.”
Former Rep. Jeong claimed “We should invoke an investigation by National Assembly as well as by special prosecutors at the same time. This is the worst incident in our history that attacked the very root of our democracy. Since it coincides with the election time, it is very risky at next year’s general election.”
President Kim also noted “They did it this much thinking that it would not be blown up. So we should uncover the whole scheme before next year’s general and presidential elections. There’s no guarantee that they would not do it next general election” and urged to dig the bottom of the incident not to worry about their second misconduct.
- Original article of this post (in Korean) can be found in the following link: 주진우 “디도스 발표전 조현오-홍준표 계속 통화”