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12 October 2017, 12:52 | Kara Nash
South Korea claims North hacked nuclear attack response plans
A South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents that include U.S.
Rep. Lee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic Party, cited unidentified defense officials as saying the hackers stole the plans a year ago, according to the reports.
North Korean hackers reportedly stole thousands of military documents detailing war plans of South Korea and the United States, including plans to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
Chris Doman, a security researcher at AlienVault, said: "The recent North Korea cyber hack may relate to the reported August 2016 compromise of the South Korean ministry of defence".
"Although I will not comment on intelligence matters or specific incidents related to cyber intrusion, I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea", Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters.
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.
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"While I would not characterize them as the best in the world, they are among the best in the world and the best organized", Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told the Senate a year ago.
These plans had likely not been classified properly but defence ministry officials told Rhee the hacked documents were not of top importance, he said.
In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated.
Despite the global sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to develop nuclear weapons and advance his nation's ballistic missile program.
President Trump hosted a discussion on options to respond to any North Korean aggression, or, if necessary, to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons, the White House said in a statement.
US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made clear Monday what a bind the US is in when it comes to solving the challenge of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, stating there are "no risk-free options" but said there is also not an "indefinite amount of time" to solve the crisis. North Korea routinely denies responsibility.
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