North Korean hackers suspected to have targeted United States electric power companies

Casey Dawson
October 12, 2017

Hackers believed to be from North Korea are casing out USA electric companies in preparation for a possible cyber attack - so says security firm FireEye.

Accompanied by U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters, the bombers flew the mission more than 200 miles east of the Korean peninsula. North Korea routinely denies responsibility.

North Korea did not conduct any launches or tests on Tuesday's anniversary.

In an obvious show of force over the continued missile activities of North Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, the USA military has flown two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula.

The regime allegedly breached South Korean defense systems late previous year and stole classified military documents, including allied war plans for a renewed military conflict on the Korean Peninsula and South Korean wartime defense plans.

North Korea warned last month it could shoot down USA bombers at its discretion amid heightened tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth ever nuclear test.

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.

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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. "What I am going to tell you is that the [South Korea]-US alliance, that bilateral entity, is there to deal with those types of situation and safeguard against them".

The briefing by his defence secretary James Mattis and top military officer General Joseph Dunford "focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", according to a brief statement from the White House.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un inspects a military site in North Korea in this undated picture released by state media.

US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made clear Monday what a bind the US is in when it comes to solving the challenge of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, stating there are "no risk-free options" but said there is also not an "indefinite amount of time" to solve the crisis.

There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.

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

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