Korean lawmaker says N. Korea hacked war plans

12 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Hope Soto
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It was part of a "regular deployment training" aimed at enhancing the capability of implementing the "extended deterrence" against the North, the JCS said. Defense officials refused to comment Wednesday.

Reuters reported that the USA military said in a separate statement it conducted drills with Japanese fighters after the exercise with South Korea, making it the first time United States bombers have conducted training with fighters from both Japan and South Korea at night.

While North Korea was not able to hack US power companies, there are concerns among some of observers that the regime may attempt to damage the power grid by detonating a nuclear device at a high altitude above the USA, triggering an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen in recent weeks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Hackers linked to North Korea reportedly targeted USA electric power companies, according to a leading cybersecurity firm.

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.

"If the North Koreans in fact accessed the US/South Korean defense plans, this is a treasure trove of information and presents a real danger", said CNN military analyst and retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona.

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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. Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

United States defense officials have told CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will conduct scheduled exercises with the South Korean navy off the peninsula at the end of this month.

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

Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.

The rogue regime is suspected to have perpetrated the infamous Sony Pictures hack, incapacitated and stolen millions from top banks, negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide through the spread of ransomware, and disrupted numerous systems across South Korea.

North Korea has yet to comment on either the bombing drills or the hacking claims.

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