Hackers from North Korea has reportedly stolen a large cache of secret military documents from South Korea, including detailed wartime operational plans involving United States and plans to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
Rhee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker for South Korea’s ruling party, says the hackers broke into the Defense Integrated Data Centre in Seoul in September 2016 and gained access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data. The South Korean defense ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation.
Although Rhee said 80% of the leaked documents are yet to be identified, he confirmed the contingency plan for South Korea’s special forces, details about annual joint military drills with the US, and information on key military facilities and power plants were stolen.
Among the files was Operational Plan 5015, which relates to “the latest Seoul-Washington plan to handle an all-out war with Pyongyang, which reportedly contains detailed procedures to ‘decapitate’ the North Korean leadership,” South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
In May, South Korea blamed North Korea of instigating a cyber attack and stealing a large amount of data. Though North Korea is believed to have specially-trained hackers based overseas, including in China, it denies targeting South Korean government websites and facilities and instead accuses South Korea of “fabricating” the claims in order to start a new war.