Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Trump Visit to Korean DMZ Called "Extremely Dangerous Idea"

Trump Visit to Korean DMZ Called

Democratic Party representative Lee Cheol-hee reportedly cited unidentified defence officials as saying the hackers stole the plans a year ago.

The hackers, according to South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, obtained the documents by breaking into the military's intranet and related networks in August and September previous year.

In response, US President Donald Trump said the US military is "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea's provocations and North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten Washington.

This is hardly the first time that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime has been accused of outrageous cyberattacks.

The contents of about 80 percent of the data have not yet been identified, Yonhap reported, citing Rhee, adding that the hack took place in September a year ago.

Consistent movements of personnel and equipment were being detected in certain locations in the North, Yonhap news agency reported, suggesting that preparations for another weapons test might be under way.

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The news agency cited Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov, who was in North Korea last week.

But state media in the country reported that its northern neighbours have targeted government networks and financial institutions in the country with a barrage of cyber attacks. Pyongyang refused and has threatened to end South Korean companies' exclusive rights to run tours.

North Korea has been found responsible for a number of high-profile attacks over the years, and is still technically at war with the US and South Korea.

South Korea has developed a type of graphite bomb aimed at paralysing North Korea's power grid should Kim Jong-un provoke nuclear war. Even though Rhee confirmed that around 300 confidential documents were compromised, the South Korean military hasn't been able to figure out what 80% of those documents included.

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, all in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, and may be fast advancing toward its well-publicised goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

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