North Korean hackers have stolen hundreds of official secrets military documents belonging to South Korea among them includes a detailed wartime operational plans involving its ally the United States a local media report stated.
According to Rhee Cheol-hee a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, the hackers broke into the South Korea’s military network in September last year and scooped access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data. One of the leaked documents was the operational plans 5015, for deployment in case of war with the North and including procedures for attacks on cutting off head of leader Kim Jong-un.
The report comes to the public limelight amid the heightened fears of a continued conflict on the Korean Peninsula propagated by President Donald Trump’s continued threats of military action against North Korea’s Pyongyang to surrender its nuclear weapons ambitions.
Trump latest tweet over the weekend had repeated a statement that diplomatic efforts with North Korea had failed but “only one thing will work.” A pentagon -US department of defense spokesman Colonel Rob Manning told Pentagon reporters he was aware of the report and added “I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operation plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea. The South Korea-US alliance is there to deal with those types of situation and safeguard against them”, Manning said.
Future plans for the South’s special forces was stolen as well as details about annual joint military drills with US and key information on military facilities and power plants was too stolen by North Korean hackers.
North Korea has a panel of 6,800 strong units of trained cyber warfare specialists sources from the South Korean government revealed. It is the one responsible for launching high-profiled cyber-attacks one being the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures company.