North Korean hackers stole important South Korean naval secrets according to a report by The Daily Caller.
Just weeks ago, South Korea’s Minjoo Party Rep. Rhee Cheol-hee announced that North Korean hackers stole thousands of classified military documents last year.
Now, the North has struck again. A cyber attack breached security at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. This time, about 60 documents were stolen, including South Korean submarine and other naval weapons plans.
Tensions are high as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile capacities despite international pressure to discontinue the programs.
The Daily Caller reports:
The stolen military secrets included information on submarine-launched missile technology and Aegis ballistic missile defense systems. The theft was verified by South Korean military investigators.
The leak reportedly occurred because the company’s secure intranet was not properly insulated from the public internet, a situation similar to what gave North Korea access to U.S. and South Korean war plans.
North Korean hackers stole thousands of military documents from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year, Minjoo Party Rep. Rhee Cheol-hee revealed earlier this month, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Classified war plans were among the stolen documents, specifically OPLAN 5015 and OPLAN 3100, even though the South Korean defense ministry initially claimed that nothing important was leaked. OPLAN 5015 is the most recent joint U.S.-South Korean plan for a war with North Korea, and OPLAN 3100 is Seoul’s plan for localized provocations, such as a special forces invasion.
Through the recent hacks, North Korea has not only obtained secret documents and war plans. They have demonstrated how they’ve advanced their cyber capacities.
According to The Daily Caller, North Korea’s hackers are rapidly improving their ability to breech security networks.
As North Korea provokes the world, regularly threatening the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, President Trump wraps up his Asian tour.
President Trump trolled Kim Jung-Un on Twitter on Saturday.
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me,” Trump said, “by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
According to USA Today, Kim Jung-Un recently called President Trump a “lunatic old man.”
Trump made the Tweet as he finished up his Vietnam visit. He concludes his Asian tour with a visit to the Philippines.
One goal of the tour is to encourage east Asian countries to discontinue financial support and trade with North Korea. CNN reports that Trump says regional peace can only be achieved through a “collective action” as he called for eastern Asian countries to stand firmly against North Korea.
For that, North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman called Trump a “destroyer” who “begged for nuclear war.”
We reported on it here.
With its recent cyber attacks, North Korea is trying to prove that they can and will do more than talk and threaten. Through cyber attacks, they can continue to provoke allied nations without a physical assault.