North Korean hackers stole war plans developed by Seoul, Washington

South Korean wartime emergency plans and other military documents were stolen by North Korean hackers, according to a lawmaker in Seoul. Among the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A South Korean lawmaker stated Tuesday that North Korean hackers stole many intelligence and military documents from the defense ministry’s data center. One of the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and other senior members of the regime in Pyongyang.

Another file included wartime emergency plans for South Korea, which were prepared by Washington and Seoul and included reports about the readiness of the South’s special forces and information about central power plants and military bases. The South Korean Defense Ministry refused to comment on the reports about the hack.

South Korean lawmaker Rhee Cheol-hee said that about 235 gigabytes of files were stolen and about 80 percent of the information has yet to be identified. The reports claim that the hackers infiltrated the computer system in September 2016. In May 2017, when South Korea asserted that hackers from the North stole a large amount of data, Pyongyang dismissed the claim.

Meanwhile, the Russian news agency Interfax reported this morning that the North Korean leadership informed senior Russian officials that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (about 1,864 miles) and after a few adjustments, it will be able to reach the US. The news agency cited Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov, who was in North Korea last week. Morozov added that Pyongyang plans to increase the range of its missiles to 9,000 kilometers (about 5,592 miles).



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