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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
AP South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S Credit AP
Orlondo Matamoros | Octubre 13, 2017, 01:26

The U.S. bombers took off from the Andersen Air Force base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific territory that North Korea singled out as a possible target for a missile strike over the summer, as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un engaged in bombastic rhetoric and brinkmanship.

When Kaesong was shut down in 2016, the conservative government of then President Park Geun-hye claimed 70% of the $100 million in wages paid each year, which was given directly to the government in Pyongyang to distribute to the workers, was diverted to finance the North's illicit nuclear weapons program.

Still, Australia supports the U.S. policy of having military options on the table, the defense minister noted.

The rogue regime is suspected to have perpetrated the infamous Sony Pictures hack, incapacitated and stolen millions from top banks, negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide through the spread of ransomware, and disrupted numerous systems across South Korea.

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, the paper quoted Rhee as saying.

In a surprising sign of weakness, the commentary also says that if NATO would join the United States in the Korean Peninsula it would "change the balance of forces" against it.

"If the North Koreans in fact accessed the US/South Korean defense plans, this is a treasure trove of information and presents a real danger", said CNN military analyst and retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona.

There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.

Those who have yet to return to the South have left the border area and are considering departing China "sooner or later", according to the official cited by local news agency Yonhap, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

But North Korea views Moon's stance as insincere and has continued testing weapons rather than come forward for dialogue.

The United States frequently deploys bombers and other strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula to show off its military might in a warning to the North, which has test-fired dozens of missiles over the past year and a half. More ominously, Trump tweeted "only one thing will work" over the weekend.

The Air Force said Tuesday's overflight demonstrated how U.S. military forces "are always ready to defend the American homeland and how the U.S. stands resolutely with Japan and [South Korea] to honor their unshakeable alliance commitments to safeguard security and stability". No action by the North was observed during the 12-hour mission.