North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S
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A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Robert Manning, said he was aware of the report, but declined to confirm or deny any aspect of it."I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea", Manning said."I am not going to address whether or not that [hack] has occurred".

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test in recent weeks in defiance of U.N. sanctions as it races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

The information, that included wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea, was from the country's defence ministry, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker.

The exercises came hours after a South Korean lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers had stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, "including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea", reports the BBC.

"If I had access to the enemy's plans, not only would I know what forces were going to be arrayed against me, I would know where they will be, what weapons they will have, where the command and control nodes will be established - all critical war-fighting information".

According to Reuters, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland. Joined by South Korean F-15K fighters, the B-1Bs simulated air to ground missile firing over the East Sea.

North Korea hackers have reportedly stolen a large number of military wars documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate the country's dictator, Kim Jong-un. Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

Yonhap said South Korean defense officials said in May that North Korea may have hacked a crucial South Korean military online network but didn't say what was stolen.

Lee said that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken, but the military has yet to identify 80 percent of the documents that were compromised.

The Pentagon also declined to comment specifically on reports of the potential breach, but spokesman Col. Robert Manning said on Tuesday that the United States is "confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea".

During an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, Mr Trump declared that the USA would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

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