Official Says North Korean Hackers Stole US-South Korea War Plans

A South Korean lawmaker says hackers stole plans that detailed removing Kim Jong-un, among other things.
Posted at 12:36 PM, Oct 16, 2017

A South Korean lawmaker claims North Korean hackers stole joint U.S.-South Korean military plans from the country's defense data system last year.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic Party in South Korea, said hackers stole a blueprint for "Operations Plan 5015" among other things.

The plan included instructions on how to remove leader Kim Jong-un in the case of war.

Rhee said the hackers stole 235 gigabytes of data, nearly 80 percent of which hasn't been identified yet.

Regarding the breach he said, "How could we fight against an enemy and win a war if it's already aware of our strategy?"

Some joint military plans have been rewritten recently in response to tensions with North Korea, according to The New York Times.

This information comes to light as the North Korean threat continues to grow alongside President Donald Trump's perceived threats of military action.

North Korea's been tied to data breaches before, including the infamous 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in retaliation for its release of "The Interview," a comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Investigators say last year's hack infiltrated more than 3,000 computers, including hundreds used by the South Korean military.