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North Korean hackers stole South's war plans

North Korean hackers stole South's war plans

Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center, citing information from unnamed defense officials, Yonhap News reported.

Hackers also stole plans for "carrying out pinpoint decapitation operations against top North Korean leaders", the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said.

Mr Rhee said 235 gigabytes of military documents were leaked, however the content of almost 80 per cent of that has not yet been identified.

The US and North Korea have been engaged in a secretive cyber war for some time, with the US reportedly conducting a large-scale attack against Pyongyang in early October on the instruction of President Donald Trump.

The inter-Korean industrial park in the DPRK's border city of Kaesong was unilaterally closed down by the previous Park Geun-hye government of South Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January past year.

The US president hinted on Saturday at taking military action against Kim Jong-un's regime, saying "only one thing will work" in dealing with the country.

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Rhee told the paper: "I can't reveal further details because they are a military secret".

South Korea's Agency for Defense Development developed the weapon as a key component of the country's Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program. But in this case, the claims relate to something that has happened inside South Korea, and there have been hints about such a cyberattack in recent months.

The BBC reported plans for the South's special forces were targeted by the hackers and information on power plants and military facilities. The reports claim that the hackers infiltrated the computer system in September 2016.

Along with OPLAN 5015, documents included OPLAN 3100 - a strategy for a response against commando infiltration or local provocation.

The visit that is already proving to be a nightmare for Trump's security team, would be a bold move for the American President especially since he would be standing mere metres away from Kim Jong-un's heavily armed soldiers. The hack is another instance of the North Koreans' prowess at cyber-warfare.

Britain could join the USA in its fight against North Korea, even though it doesn't have to under NATO or United Nations obligations, the House of Commons Library said in two reports this year.