North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

Kerry Wise
October 12, 2017

European Union ambassadors last month agreed new sanctions against the North, according to diplomatic sources, including a ban on investments in North Korea and on European Union exports of oil.

The South Korean military said this was part of a regular exercise to bolster military defences and also to display the alliance between the United States and South Korea. -South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North, according to South Korean media reports.

The hackers broke into the computer networks of South Korea's defense ministry past year and pilfered classified military documents that detailed military operations in case war broke out on the Korean peninsula, South Korea's state news agency Yonhap reported.

The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to deter any North Korean aggression by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers Tuesday night from an air base in the US territory of Guam to the South for drills with South Korean fighter jets.

Two U.S. Air Force bombers flew over North Korea on Tuesday night, in a demonstration aimed at deterring North Korean military activity on the 72nd anniversary of the regime's ruling party, Reuters reported. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the bombers flew from Anderson Air Force base in Guam and entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m.

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The jars contained ethylene glycol, a compound used in antifreeze and brake fluid, which is toxic and fatal in large quantities. The colourless substance has a sweet taste and is known to attract children and animals.

Among the classified plans allegedly stolen from the South were said to be blueprints for targeted attacks by Seoul and Washington to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent.

"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said. Other stolen data included contingency plans for South Korean special forces and information on military facilities and power plants, he said.

The North reacted furiously when the United Nations approved the new measures, saying its response would make the United States suffer "the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history".

Commenting on the news is Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, who is investigating hacking groups in North Korea.