A new avenue has opened in the path to war that the United States and North Korea seemed destined to meet upon.
North Korea’s constant, and frankly obnoxious, provocation of the United States has been ongoing for decades, but in recent months the DPRK’s “supreme” leader, Kim Jong Un, has taken it upon himself to push the bounds of decency and decorum while addressing U.S. President Donald Trump. Not only have the two verbally sparred via their preferred channels, but North Korea has kept busy launching a number of worrisome projectiles and testing possible thermonuclear devices deep underground.
All of this has led to an unfortunate escalation of tensions between the two international foes, with bizarre accusations taking center stage when it comes to Kim and his dictatorship.
Now, however, a very real threat has emerged as North Korean hackers have gotten their hands on joint U.S. – South Korean military data.
“Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
“Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry.
“The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.
“They also include reports to the allies’ senior commanders.
“The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation.
“Plans for the South’s special forces were reportedly accessed, along with information on significant power plants and military facilities in the South.”
Luckily, the documents in question were accessed and stolen in September of last year, before Trump and Kim began their newfound feud in earnest, and before the advanced military testing that North Korea has begun to carry out.
While the hack is certainly worrisome, it is likely that the advent of true ICBM’s and thermonuclear warheads will have caused massive shifts in any previous military planning, especially given the almost certain ability of North Korea to strike Guam, California, or even Chicago in the event of a war breaking out. This would negate at least some of the strategic information garnered in the hack, and could serve as a wonderful piece of misdirection should push come to shove between the two nations.