North Korean hackers have reportedly stolen military documents from South Korea including plans to kill the Communist state’s leader Kim Jong-un. Compromised documents are said to include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. The hack is another instance of the North Koreans’ prowess at cyber-warfare.
Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korean parliamentary defence committee, confirmed the North Korean hack. Cheol-lee said 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre and 80% were yet to be identified.
The BBC reported plans for the South’s special forces were targeted by the hackers and information on power plants and military facilities. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency revealed the Seoul government had suffered several cyber attacks in recent years with official department websites being targeted. However, North Korea accused South Korea of ‘fabricating’ the hack. The breach of security will concern South Korea’s allies and further add to the tensions between North Korea and the United States. North Korea’s claim to have successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen bomb sparked condemnation from world leaders and the United Nations. US President Donald Trump went further than any other leader telling the UN Kim Jong-un ‘is on a suicide mission’. Trump also tweeted this weekend that ‘only one thing will work’ concerning North Korea after years of talks between the two countries.