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South Korean Military Seeing Rise In Online Gambling

Soldiers in South Korea are gambling online at a higher rate than ever before, causing the military there to prompt new ways to deal with the activity.

The numbers of soldiers gambling online from their barracks has grown by more than 15 times throughout the past two years. Whilst in the army barracks, the illegal betting activity is logged by the military, allowing the top brass to identify just who is betting and on what.

The numbers show that 230 army personnel have been caught betting online this year, compared to just 18 caught in 2012 and 15 in 2011.

Speaking about the matter a South Korean Defense Ministry Official said, "The ministry will take strict measures to prevent soldiers and officers from accessing gambling Internet sites in the barracks."

The official noted that the computers being used to gamble online are meant to have personnel utilize them to further their education.

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