Sunday, 22 October, 2017

U.S. shows off bombers again over Korea

Jimmy Carter früherer US-Präsident ARCHIV 2013 Trump Team Evaluating a Response to North Korean Aggression
Saul Franklin | 12 October, 2017, 00:51

North Korean hackers have a history of stirring up trouble, as they have been at it for years.

The United States has flown two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea.

And in April, North Korea was linked to attacks on banks in 18 countries after researchers connected hackers to an operation known as "Lazarus", according to a report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command, has stated that the EMP threat is real, but the military appears more focused on North Korea's ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. There are also serious concerns about North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities, but the USA has been carrying out operations of its own to counter North Korean cyber operations in Northeast Asia and elsewhere.

Rep. Lee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic Party who sits on the National Defense Committee, said defense sources told him that North Korean hackers previous year stole the classified U.S.

Operational Plan 5015 is the latest Seoul-Washington protocol for war with Pyongyang, and contains plans to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership.

At the end of last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the USA had "declared war" on the authoritarian state and was "right" to shoot down American planes. Defense officials refused to comment Wednesday.

The South Korean military said this was part of a regular exercise to bolster military defenses and also to display the alliance between the United States and South Korea.

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His comments come after Trump said Saturday "only one thing" would rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs. McMaster, who normally dresses in civilian clothes at the White House , wore his uniform for the meeting.

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While North Korea was not able to hack USA power companies, there are concerns among some of observers that the regime may attempt to damage the power grid by detonating a nuclear device at a high altitude above the US, triggering an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

The U.S. flew the two B-1B Lancer bombers over the peninsula along with South Korean F-15k fighter planes and additional fighters from Japan, which the U.S. military said was the first such nighttime maneuver conducted by the three countries together.

In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated.

A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's leadership would be hard to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has to deny a nuclear attack from its rival.

Details of the alleged 2016 hack emerged as President Donald Trump continues to imply that diplomatic efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs through negotiations have proven to be ineffective.

About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee said.

These plans had likely not been classified properly but defence ministry officials told Rhee the hacked documents were not of top importance, he said.

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