Supersonic US Bombers Carry Out Drills Over Korean Peninsula

Supersonic US Bombers Carry Out Drills Over Korean Peninsula

Supersonic US Bombers Carry Out Drills Over Korean Peninsula

Depending on the level of detail in the stolen plans, the hack could pose serious challenges for the US-South Korean alliance.

Hackers believed to be from North Korea are casing out United States electric companies in preparation for a possible cyber attack - so says security firm FireEye.

If confirmed, the reported hacking attack by the North would be a major blow for South Korea at a time when its relations with rival North Korea are at a low point.

Private electric companies in the United States were targeted by suspected North Korean hackers last month.

The documents reportedly include contingency plans for war, drawn up by the USA and South Korea, along with details on power plants and military facilities.

It came days after he said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that "only one thing will work". The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment on the breach, which reportedly dates back to last September.

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South Korean defence authorities on Wednesday said the bombers staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two South Korean fighters over the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

"Thus far, the suspected North Korean actions are consistent with a desire to demonstrate a deterrent capability rather than a prelude to an unprovoked first-strike in cyberspace; however, North Korea linked actors are bold, have launched multiple cyber attacks created to demonstrate national strength and resolve, and have little concern for potential discovery and attribution of their operations", FireEye researchers said in a blog.

North Korea warned last month it could shoot down USA bombers at its discretion amid heightened tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth ever nuclear test. Pyongyang belatedly responded by relocating some of its military aircraft to its east coast, the National Intelligence Service then said. Lee, who didn't specify his sources, said the plans allegedly stolen by the North include operations for tracking the movement of the North's leadership, isolating their hideouts, executing air assaults and follow-up actions for securing and eliminating targets, which would obviously include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated.

Pyongyang has denied responsibility for the cyberattacks in its state media, criticising Seoul for "fabricating" claims about online attacks.

Despite the global sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to develop nuclear weapons and advance his nation's ballistic missile program. Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

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