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Pyongyang said South Korea is "fabricating" the hacking claims. There are also serious concerns about North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities, but the US has been carrying out operations of its own to counter North Korean cyber operations in Northeast Asia and elsewhere. "This activity was early-stage reconnaissance, and not necessarily indicative of an imminent, disruptive cyber attack that might take months to prepare if it went undetected". Although no evidence was uncovered of the hackers having compromised industrial control systems, the phishing emails sent to targeted firms may be indicative of a possible disruptive attack in the future. All this probing is nonetheless a cause for concern. North Korea's possession of secret war plans would require a major overhaul of how South Korea and its ally Washington would respond if there's another war on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korean hackers have a history of stirring up trouble, as they have been at it for years. "This incident did not demonstrate the ability to disable operations", FireEye said.
The exercises came hours after a South Korean lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers had stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, "including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea", reports the BBC.
Cheol-hee is a member of the South Korea's ruling party, and sits on the parliament's defence committee.
"I did not undercut anybody", he also told reporters. Defense officials refused to comment Wednesday.
(Korean Central News Agency) In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile is fired during an exercise aimed to counter North Korea's nuclear test on September 4, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. The group behind those attacks are named Andariel and likely a sub-group of the attackers behind the Sony attacks, WannaCry and SWIFT banks.
He explained: 'Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country'.
North Korea did not conduct any launches or tests on Tuesday's anniversary.
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