North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

Katrina Barker
October 12, 2017

An unusually aggressive approach to the North by Trump, which has included rhetoric hinting at U.S. strikes and threatening the destruction of North Korea's leadership, has some South Koreans fearful that war is closer than at any time since the Korean War ended in a shaky ceasefire in 1953.

The four aircraft then flew across the peninsula and staged another round of a firing exercise over the Yellow Sea before the two B-IBs returned home, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

"Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea and hones the tactical prowess of each nations' aviators", Major Patrick Applegate said in a statement.

North Korea did not conduct any launches or tests on Tuesday's anniversary.

Among the classified plans allegedly stolen from the South were said to be blueprints for targeted attacks by Seoul and Washington to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent.

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

Meanwhile, China - North Korea's closest ally and trading partner - expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone, warning of the increased risk of a "fatal misjudgement"."The worldwide community won't accept North Korea as a nuclear power".

About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee said. "What I am going to tell you is that the [South Korea]-US alliance, that bilateral entity, is there to deal with those types of situation and safeguard against them". Operational Plan 3100 details how to respond to North Korean provocations, Yonhap reports.

"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.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program has become the most urgent national security issue during the Trump presidency.

In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated. North Korea routinely denies responsibility.

It came days after he said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that "only one thing will work". North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning its nuclear programme will contribute to its own political and economic advantage.

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