Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

North Korea hackers steal South Korea war plans

Military Says Has Technology to Make Blackout Bombs North Korea hackers steal South Korea war plans
Lillian Steele | 12 October, 2017, 00:52

In an obvious show of force over the continued missile activities of North Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, the USA military has flown two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic Party who also sits on a defense panel, told the media outlet that about 80 percent what the classified documents contained have yet to be identified, but they included contingency plans for South Korea's special forces, reports to allied commanders and information on key military installations and power plants in the South. -South Korean war plans, including parts of Operational Plan 5015, which includes procedures for a decapitation strike on the North's leadership if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent. There are also serious concerns about North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities, but the USA has been carrying out operations of its own to counter North Korean cyber operations in Northeast Asia and elsewhere.

The North Korean party anniversary passed without any missile launches or nuclear tests, but officials are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on October 18.

Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said in radio appearances on Wednesday that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September a year ago, citing information from unnamed South Korean defence officials.

The South Korean Defense Ministry has not commented on the allegations.

South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers after the September 23 mission that North Korea failed to detect the B-1B bombers as they flew in global airspace east of the country.

At the end of last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the U.S. had "declared war" on the authoritarian state and was "right" to shoot down American planes.

In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated.

Trump has in recent days suggested that talking to North Korea was a "waste of time", but officials later clarified that he meant at this point in time.

The South's Yonhap news agency quoted Lee as saying that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken.

The joint military drill was the latest show of force against North Korea, whose leader is engaged in a heated war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump.

There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.

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