North Korea steals U.S.-South Korean war plans

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North Korean hackers have reportedly obtained a cache of U.S.-South Korean military documents, including a plan to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The BBC reports that South Korean legislator Rhee Cheol-hee mentioned the breach in a report, which he said came from his country’s defense ministry. The ministry has yet to comment on the matter.

Among the documents are wartime contingency plans for the United States and South Korea, should a full-blown military conflict with North Korea break out.

The stolen documents also include reports to allies’ senior commanders, plans for South Korea’s special forces units, and information on key power plants and military facilities in the country.

The cyber breach reportedly took place in September of last year.

South Korea disclosed in May 2017 that a large portion of data had been stolen but didn’t give further detail until Mr. Rhee’s report came to light. The lawmaker belongs to South Korea’s ruling party and sits on the parliament’s defense committee.

Rhee said 235 gigabytes of documents had been stolen from the Defense Integrated Data Center and that the agency had yet to identify 80 percent of what was stolen.

The news will only further plunge the United States’ relationship with the rogue state into further turmoil. Since its refusal to desist working on its nuclear weapons program, President Trump has been vocal about the possibility of military intervention. Over the weekend, Trump mused on Twitter that “only one thing will work” in dealing with North Korea.

North Korea has called claims that it hacked South Korea’s network multiple times “fabricated,” although the state is believed to have specially trained hackers in isolated locations outside the country, including in China.

 

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