South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole classified military documents

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On Tuesday, Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly, told CNN that North Korean hackers had hacked into the South Korean Defense Ministry database last year in September, and stolen classified military documents, including wartime contingency plans with the US and a document including plans to "decapitate" the North Korean regime. According to Rhee, the hackers stole roughly 235 gigabytes worth of military data.

A spokesman from South Korea's Defense Ministry declined to comment at a daily press briefing when asked about Rhee's comments, saying that the information is classified. The Pentagon did the same, but on Tuesday, spokesman Col. Robert Manning said he was "confident in the security of [the US's] operation plans and [their] ability to deal with any threat from North Korea."

North Korea has been blamed for many hacking attacks in many countries over the past decade. According to Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, the country is short on cash to pay for imports. North Korea has trained a large army of hackers to collect funds. North Korean hackers usually work abroad, taking legitimate software programming or other jobs in other countries. Here they wait for instructions from Pyongyang to mount an assault.