North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

Late last month the US flew B-1Bs over global waters close to North Korea's east coast. This positive process is worth a try", said an editorial in the state mouthpiece Global Times, following yesterday's military exercises."War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions.

The South Korean military added that the regular deployment training is aimed at enhancing extended deterrence capabilities against North Korea.

"FireEye devices detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent on September 22, 2017, to USA electric companies by known cyber threat actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government", the infosec outfit reported on Tuesday.

North Korea is also facing strong sanctions from the USA and firm condemnation from the global community in the wake of repeated missile launches and nuclear tests. Joined by South Korean F-15K fighters, the B-1Bs simulated air to ground missile firing over the East Sea.

If the United States and North Korea went to war, what kinds of targets would Pyongyang want to strike with its nuclear arsenal? Some military experts believe that power supply problems make it hard for North Korea to turn on its air defense radars for 24 hours a day and also that the systems might struggle to effectively track advanced warplanes such as B-1Bs, which have low radar-cross sections.

North Korean hackers stole strategic plans drawn up by South Korea and the United States on how they would respond to an attack by the rogue regime as well as details of a "decapitation" plan to assassinate President Kim Jong Un, according to a report on Tuesday.

"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said.

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.

Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites. And North Korea has denied this, and accused South Korea of "fabricating" the claims.

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

  • Rogelio Becker