North Korea hackers steal South Korea war plans

Faith Castro
October 12, 2017

The bombers took off from the US Pacific territory of Guam, before entering South Korean airspace and conducting firing exercises over the East Sea and Yellow Sea, South Korea's military said.

It was part of a "regular deployment training" aimed at enhancing the capability of implementing the "extended deterrence" against the North, the JCS said.

China, North Korea's closest ally, has suggested that Pyongyang freeze its nuclear missile development while the United States stop conducting military exercises with the South that raise fears in North Korea.

Documents including wartime contingency plans put together with the USA were stolen from South Korea's defence ministry.

After Pyongyang launched a missile test that flew over Japan in late August, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the test was "a meaningful prelude to containing Guam", which it called the "advanced base of invasion" for U.S. forces.

North Korea's foreign minister has said Donald Trump "has lit the wick of a war", according to a Russian state news agency.

"If I had access to the enemy's plans, not only would I know what forces were going to be arrayed against me, I would know where they will be, what weapons they will have, where the command and control nodes will be established - all critical war-fighting information".

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There are also serious concerns about North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities, but the US has been carrying out operations of its own to counter North Korean cyber operations in Northeast Asia and elsewhere.

The air-to-ground missile maneuvers near the South Korean coast were intentionally scheduled for North Korea's communist party's anniversary.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

Outside governments and global human rights organizations say Kim rules as a tyrant over a largely malnourished and abused population while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle backed up by a weapons program almost advanced enough to viably target the USA mainland with nuclear-tipped missiles.

"They likely remain committed to pursuing targets in the energy sector, especially in South Korea and among the USA and its allies, as a means of deterring potential war or sowing disorder during a time of armed conflict".

Commenting on the news is Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, who is investigating hacking groups in North Korea.

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