North Korean hackers broke into the South’s military network last September

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN
DAILYMAIL.COM
10 October 2017

North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday.

Rhee Cheol-Hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, said the hackers had broken into the South’s military network last September and gained access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data, the Chosun Ilbo daily reported.

Among the leaked documents was Operational Plans 5015 for use in case of war with the North and including procedures for ‘decapitation’ attacks on leader Kim Jong-Un, Rhee said.

Rhee, a member of parliament’s defence committee, could not be reached for comment but his office said he had been quoted correctly.

The report comes amid heightened fears of conflict on the Korean peninsula, as the North’s weapons program soared in recent months with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in defiance of multiple sets of UN sanctions.

Tension is fueled by US President Donald Trump’s continued threats of military action against Pyongyang to tame its weapons ambitions.

In a over the weekend, Trump reiterated that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that ‘only one thing will work’.

On Monday he again tweeted about the country, saying that the United States ‘has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing’, adding that ‘policy did’t work’.

Citing Seoul’s defence ministry, Rhee said that 80 percent of the leaked documents had yet to be identified.

But the contingency plan for the South’s special forces was stolen, he said, as well as details about annual joint military drills with the US and information on key military facilities and power plants.

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