Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump may visit DMZ between North and South Korea: Yonhap


Among the secrets stolen were the OPLAN 5015, which includes the so-called decapitation plan of the regime's leader Kim Jong-un, and the OPLAN 3100, which deals with the North's small-scale provocations such as its artillery attack on a South Korean island of Yeongpyong in 2010, Rhee said.

Democratic Party representative Lee Cheol-hee reportedly cited unidentified defence officials as saying the hackers stole the plans previous year.

Security group FireEye recently accused North Korean hackers of trying to steal bitcoin from South Korean exchanges, as a way of mitigating financial pressures from punitive worldwide sanctions.

"The Ministry of National Defense has yet to find out about the content of 182 gigabytes of the total (stolen) data", Lee said in a statement quoted by Yonhap.

Rhee, a member of the governing Democratic Party who serves on the defense committee of the National Assembly, said he only recently learned of the scale of the North Korean hacking attack, which was first discovered in September past year.

Tensions have soared as Kim traded bombastic threats with President Trump, who tweeted Saturday that "only one thing will work" to tame Pyongyang.

At the United Nations, Trump referred to Kim Jong-un as "rocket man" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.

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South Korea's unification ministry on Tuesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to violate property rights owned by South Korean companies which had operated factories in the now closed inter-Korean industrial complex.

The anonymous source told the South Korean news agency: "They looked around Panmunjom and Observation Post Ouellette". And North Korea has denied this, and accused South Korea of "fabricating" the claims.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency revealed the Seoul government had suffered several cyber attacks in recent years with official department websites being targeted.

The latest development comes amid months of growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over its refusal to end its nuclear weapons programme. Even though Rhee confirmed that around 300 confidential documents were compromised, the South Korean military hasn't been able to figure out what 80% of those documents included.

The issue has been widely seen as a litmus test for bilateral relations, which have become frayed over South Korea's deployment of an advanced US anti-missile system.

Anton Morozov said North Korea is aiming to increase the range of its ballistic missiles from 3,000km to 9,000km - which could reach the US Pacific island of Guam.

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