North Korean Hackers 'Stole' US-South Korean War Plans

Jon Howard
October 13, 2017

North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its U.S. ally, a report said Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a South Korean lawmaker said North Korean hackers had reportedly stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, including a wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.

After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

A group of about 40 businessmen are hoping to visit the complex, which Seoul shut down in February a year ago over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, according to company officials.

FireEye thinks that the attacks are a result of the soaring tensions between Pyongyang and Washington following the hermit nation's ballistic missile tests and nuclear programmes.

Hi comments came as North Korea's foreign minister said the United States president had "lit the wick of war" with North Korea and his country would be made to pay with "a hail of fire".

Last week Trump stepped up his attacks on the North saying that talking with it does not work and "only one thing will work".

Rhee Cheol-Hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, said the hackers had broken into the South's military network last September and gained access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data, the Chosun Ilbo daily reported.

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The Air Force said Tuesday's overflight demonstrated how USA military forces "are always ready to defend the American homeland and how the US stands resolutely with Japan and [South Korea] to honor their unshakeable alliance commitments to safeguard security and stability".

"With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us", Ri told TASS news agency, according to Reuters.

The plan included instructions on how to remove leader Kim Jong-un in the case of war.

The North's official media touted the party's byungjin policy - which pushes for simultaneous development of nuclear weapons and the economy - and added that military power was "the guarantee for victory".

"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said.

In a surprising sign of weakness, the commentary also says that if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would join the United States in the Korean Peninsula it would "change the balance of forces" against it.

Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam will hold strategic talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on October 18 in Seoul, according to Seoul's foreign ministry.

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