Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with US jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

"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.

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

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency this is not the first time the communist regime to the north has launched a tirade of cyber attacks on the country, with hacks targeting government websites and facilities being commonplace in recent years.

It was the first time US Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with Japanese and South Korean fighter aircraft at night, the US military said in a statement.

The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release on Wednesday.

But neither side is budging in the standoff.

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Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump met top officials from his National Security team on Tuesday night for a briefing on ways to respond to threats from North Korea, the White House said.

While US Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated this week that diplomacy along with worldwide economic sanctions would remain the leading element of US strategy towards blunting North Korea, military options were being prepared. In a speech at the United Nations in September, the US President accused the North Korean leader Kim of being "on a suicide mission" - while Kim responded by vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

Guam, from where the B-1 bombers in Tuesday drills departed, has been a particular target of North Korean threats.

However, Trump said he still had confidence in the secretary of state.

A follow-up statement from KCNA promised future launches "targeting the Pacific, where the United States imperialist aggressor forces' bases are stationed".

USA defense officials have told CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will conduct scheduled exercises with the South Korean navy off the peninsula at the end of this month.

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