Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies

US B-1 bombers flying from Guam have been seen regularly over the Korean Peninsula amid escalating tensions with Pyongyang - running regular training flights with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets that often provoke the ire of the North Korean regime.

However, North Korean hackers have been suspected to have previously targeted rival South's power grids with wiper malware. Two days previous to that comment the president said on the social media platform that Pyongyang had violated agreements "before the ink was dry, making fools of US negotiators".

The bilateral training mission between the U.S. B-1B bombers and South Korean F-15K fighter jets on Tuesday night followed a September 23 mission in which USA bombers and fighter escorts used pre-dawn hours to fly to the farthest point of the border between North and South Korea by any US aircraft this century.

Trump, on Monday, on Twitter said that a quarter century of US policy towards North Korea had been unsuccessful.

The joint military drill was the latest show of force against North Korea, whose leader is engaged in a heated war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The U.S. Air Force bombers and the South Korean fighters then conducted a second firing exercise over the Yellow Sea, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Suspicions that Pyongyang may have stolen intel from South Korea will do nothing to de-escalate tensions with the U.S., which are already at a 50-year high following the North's rocket tests.

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The exercise showed the "strong ability of the alliance against the North Korean nuclear missile threat", the South Korean air force said.

North Korea has said Trump is "on a suicide mission" against it, with the country's foreign minister calling the US President "mentally deranged" in a speech at the United Nations last month. But Kim, the third generation of his family to rule, is officially revered in the North, and any suggestion of removing him from power is taken extremely seriously in Pyongyang.

"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. He revealed that around 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified.

Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.

The F-15 escorts are notable "because combined operations require consent from South Korea, so this does not represent US unilateral action", according to Pinkston.

North Korea has yet to comment on either the bombing drills or the hacking claims.

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