USA flies strategic bombers over Korean peninsula

South Korea claims North hacked nuclear attack response plans

Chris Doman, a security researcher at AlienVault, said: "The recent North Korea cyber hack may relate to the reported August 2016 compromise of the South Korean ministry of defence".

If confirmed, such a hack would be a major blow for South Korea at a time when its relations with North Korea are at a low point.

In December 2014, the South Korean government claimed that nuclear power plants operated by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) were targeted by wiper malware.

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

Private electric companies in the United States were targeted by suspected North Korean hackers last month. -South Korean war plans, including parts of Operational Plan 5015, which includes procedures for a decapitation strike on the North's leadership if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent. Neither Lee nor Defense Ministry officials responded to attempts late Tuesday to confirm the stories. The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment on the breach, which reportedly dates back to last September.

Two U.S. B-1 bombers carried out a training exercise on Tuesday with Japanese and South Korean military aircraft in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, the U.S. military said, amid growing tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

Late last month the US flew B-1Bs over global waters close to North Korea's east coast.

The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release on Wednesday.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

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

"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said.

Outside governments and worldwide human rights organizations say Kim rules as a tyrant over a largely malnourished and abused population while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle backed up by a weapons program almost advanced enough to viably target the US mainland with nuclear-tipped missiles.

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