Suspicions have been raised that a former Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) employee leaked more than 2,300 copies of confidential data related to the Shingori nuclear power plant in order to get a new job abroad.
According to Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Park Dae-chul, who is a member of the Science, ICT, Broadcasting, and Communications Committee of the National Assembly, KHNP reprimanded its former employee surnamed Choi in September 2017 for his violation of information security guidelines and use of an unauthorized portable storage device.
The lawmaker said based on data submitted by KHNP that he was in charge of construction works for electricity generation at a construction office of KHNP’s Saewool Nuclear Power Division and made 2,374 illegal copies of confidential corporate data to his personal external hard disk drive in January 2017.
KHNP conducted an internal inspection in April 2017 and disciplined him for what he did. “We immediately discarded his personal laptop as well as the unauthorized portable storage device and eliminated all of the copies,” KHNP explained, adding, “Although our inspectors said that the copies were not leaked to the outside, a separate joint investigation team is currently probing the possibility of leakage.”