Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korean hackers stole US-South Korean war plans, lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole US-South Korean war plans, lawmaker says

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

"The government takes the basic stance that North Korea should not infringe on South Korean firms' property rights".

Rhee, who belongs to the ruling Democratic Party and sits on the Defense Committee, told CNN on Tuesday that he received information about the alleged hacking from the Defense Ministry.

Visits by USA warships and bombers along with regular joint exercises with the South infuriate North Korea, which considers them a sign of aggression and a rehearsal for an invasion.

Information on South Korea's special forces was also reportedly accessed, as well as important details on significant power plants and military facilities in the South.

The data, said to be 235 gigabytes of military documents, was stolen from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September 2016.

The hack took place in September previous year.

A South Korean ruling party lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers stole a large amount of classified military documents previous year, including the allies' operational plan to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership.

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The Washington Post reported the stolen documents included a plan drafted two years ago for dealing with full-blown war with North Korea and are said to include procedures to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership, according to Rhee.

North Korea warned last month it could shoot down US bombers at its discretion amid heightened tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth ever nuclear test.

North Korea has accused South Korea of "fabricating" the claims.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has consistently urged Washington and Pyongyang to lower their rhetoric and return to the negotiating table.

In a speech at the United Nations in September, US President Donald Trump threatened to destroy North Korea if it menaced the US or its allies, and said its leader "is on a suicide mission".

News of the blackout bomb comes as Donald Trump continued his war of words with North Korea, tweeting that "only one thing will work" when it comes to the regime.

Mr Kim responded with a rare statement, vowing to "tame the mentally deranged United States dotard with fire".

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