Published:  12:25 AM, 11 October 2017

'North Korea hacks US, South Korea war plan'

'North Korea hacks US, South Korea war plan'

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country's defense ministry. The compromised documents include the latest wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders.

The South Korean defense ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation. Plans for the South's Special Forces were reportedly accessed, along with information on significant power plants and military facilities. Rhee said some 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defense Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified.

The hack took place in September last year. In May, South Korea said a large amount of data had been stolen and that North Korea may have instigated the cyber attack - but gave no details of what was taken.

South Korea's state-run Yonhap news service reports that Seoul has been subject to a barrage of cyber attacks by its communist neighbor in recent years, with many targeting government websites and facilities. The isolated state is believed to have specially-trained hackers based overseas, including in China.

North Korea has accused South Korea of "fabricating" the claims.News that Pyongyang is likely to have accessed the Seoul-Washington plans for all-out war in the Koreas will do nothing to soothe tensions between the US and North Korea.

The two nations have been at verbal loggerheads over the North's nuclear activities, with the US pressing for a halt to missile tests and Pyongyang vowing to continue them. The North recently claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, which could be loaded onto a long-range missile.

-BBC

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