REPORT: North Korean Hackers Steal US War Plans

The BBC reports:

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.

  • Paula

    Oh, for fuck sakes!!!!

  • Lazycrockett
  • GayOldLady

    Why is this not a surprise?

  • bkmn

    Could they have been aided by…..Russia?

    • GayOldLady

      Russia is loving this and if they could have helped NK they did.

      • clay

        They already help NK with money and technology by hiring NK slave labor.

    • Do Something Nice

      No need. They probably got them from Jared’s personal cellphone.

    • bzrd

      putin said his future wars are cyber wars, maybe the “young-un” is listening to the winner instead of the bigly loser

    • Waarki

      They helped by Equifax

  • clay

    oh, this is is not going well

  • Chucktech

    Well, South Korea, how the fuck did THAT happen??

    I wonder if there’s anyway the US can shut off North Korea’s Internet? Just completely turn them off.

    • Goodboy

      Pretty much already is unless they’ve got solar powered internet now. At least for 99% of the rest of the country.

    • james1200

      I wonder if there’s any way the US can shut off Trump’s internet? Just completely turn it off.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        If some random nutbag went around tweaking the SoS, the AG, slandering Puerto Rico, etc., his future as a Tweeter would surely be in jeopardy, no?

        • (((GC)))

          And Twitter actually gave him a free pass because everything he, as president*, tweets is by definition “newsworthy”, so never mind the Terms of Service for the little people.

      • Chucktech

        He’d bitch…

        • james1200

          How’s different from your average day? At least we won’t hear him bitch.

    • bkmn

      it’s not like we have an ambassador to South Korea, so why should they care when the dotard is putting all their lives on the line every day on twatter?

  • MikeBx2

    Which means Little Rocket Man knows way more about our plans than President Dotard.

  • TimCA

    Theft of plans drawn up by the US and South Korea? Totally unnecessary move by the North Koreans. Couldn’t Pyongyang simply have requested them from the Russian ambassador? If history is any guide, Trump would have just handed them to Kislyak at their next Oval Office meeting.

  • Nowhereman

    Great. Just peachy!

  • Goodboy

    Pulease. Does anyone really thing assassination was never not on the table. Yeah, really big secret there.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    From HuffPo:

    U.S. President Donald Trump may travel to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea when he visits South Korea next month, the South’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, citing a defense source.

    The White House sent an advance team of working-level officials in late September to check candidate sites for Trump’s “special activity” in South Korea, the source was quoted as saying.

    • clay

      When I saw that this morning it sounded like a horrible idea.
      After this latest report, I want it to happen, perhaps war can be short-circuited.

    • Snarky

      He’ll visit the DMZ and look through those yuuuge binoculars. His advance team will tell him not to, because in photos his hands will look teeny tiny by comparison. But he will anyway.

    • MikeBx2

      So he threatened the lives of millions of people on the Korean Peninsula by saying that negotiating is a waste of time. Now he’ll go over and smile for pictures with the very people he’s willing to exterminate.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Poking Kim on Twitter is not enough. He has to go in person to provoke a first strike against us. Kim won’t bite, but he will bloviate until our orange pig tweets back, driving everything else off the media screens for days. Same old same old.

    • Harveyrabbit

      Trump’s “special activity” in South Korea…

      Getting ready to launch his super duper ultra secret rockets no doubt.

  • glimsong

    I read the article. It appears that the data was stolen last year in September. South Korea reported that theft in May but didn’t say what was taken. Now they have released what the data was and it is being reported now. So this is old.

    • zhera

      I was thinking about that.

      NK has been very aggressive since the WH turned orange. Just the pResident isn’t enough reason for that, in my opinion. But having the was plans gives them an advantage, and I think they’re using that for all they’ve got so that China and maybe Russia will help them out more.

      The Orange/twitter/Kim Jung Un/Insanity theater is just that: Theater. Except that the Orange One doesn’t realize it and might just send off a nuke just because.

      • KarenAtFOH

        Trump knows China will respond to a US first strike, and he will not want that to happen. He hopes to provoke NK into a first strike, because China has said they will stay out of it, and Trump will make sure Vlad stays out of it as well.

  • Paula

    Could the SKs and the US been smart enough to plant this info for the NKs to find?

    • Chucktech

      Only if Donald Trump had absolutely no idea we were doing it.

    • The_Wretched

      I hope not. The CIA has tried in the past to leak ‘defective’ plans before. Typically, other powers can figure that out and see where the defects are.

    • justme

      Or maybe a computer virus as a gift…

    • KarenAtFOH

      Not with Obama gone.

  • JWC

    some one remove Donny

  • Treant

    Shocker. If they want an updated version, just send a photo of a hot Russian teenager to Trump with, “Click here, I love you long time.”

  • FAEN

    Time for more vodka.

  • Ninja0980

    Well.. that might make invading them a bit harder won’t it?

  • Lars Littlefield


  • Lazycrockett
  • zhera


    Hey guys! I’ve been gone for 10 days, while my computer was in for service. And now I have a question/problem:

    They uninstalled my Norton and installed McAfee instead. McAfee has a bad reputation, and I fucking PAID for Norton. I tried calling the service office but their phones were down. (irony)
    So what do I do? I feel like I should get rid of McAfee ASAP but I don’t want to be without protection until I know Norton or something else is safely installed and running.
    I have to pay some bills soon over the net and I DO NOT want to do that with McAfee still here. Fuck that shit!

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m not a computer wizard, so don’t know what to tell you other than bringing it back to the techies

      but in the meantime, can you just call in payments?

      • zhera

        Bringing it back to the techies is a hassle and I’d prefer not to. Also, I’m pissed off and I’ll probably say something unsavory and that’ll fuck me up even more.

    • grada3784

      I use McAfee without a problem. People have mixed feelings about Norton too.

      Can you download a Linix distro and run it off the DVD to pay your bills?


      Failing that, can you retrieve Norton from the security pack on your D drive or can you use one of the free ones on the internet?

      • zhera

        Yeah, according to tests both Norton and McAfee have flaws. However, McAfee is the one you get thrown after you from everywhere for free, and that makes me very skeptical.

        I have no idea what that last sentence of yours mean. I’m not familiar with Linix.

        • grada3784

          There are free anti-virus/ internet security programs free for download. AVC from, Avast, Comodo from

          Your D drive should have files on it so you can either bring your computer back to its original state or to allow you to restore programs like Norton.

          Linix live distros can be run from DVD without overwriting windows. I’d recommend ubuntu; it’s fairly straight forward.

    • Lazycrockett

      Why are they uninstalling Norton and replacing it to begin with?

      • zhera

        Good question! The only reason I can think of is that they discovered a problem with my Norton version and had to remove it. However, I was not informed about any of that when I picked up the machine. Just “Everything’s fixed now!”

        That doesn’t explain McAfee, though. They should’ve just used Windows Defender or whatever it’s called.

        • Lazycrockett

          The only bad thing I have heard bout Norton is that its a memory hog. Also I would find a new place to take your computer. That behaviour doesn’t pass the smell test.

          • zhera

            It’s where I bought the computer. And I had to pay for a year (minimum) to get them to look at it.

            The good news is, it hasn’t crashed yet. ^*knocks on wood*
            But there’s that thing with the Internet bank and security…

          • Lazycrockett

            I would do a program scan and see if they installed anything else to your system.

          • zhera

            They did. Skype, Which I didn’t have before because I don’t have a webcam. some of their own software, like a Cloud and something called Remote Fix.
            And that’s just the things I could see on the desktop.

          • Lazycrockett

            Sounds like they threw in a retail windows plus disc, loaded with bloated crap, into your drive and reinstalled everything.

          • RMJ

            Definitely uninstall Remote Fix or at least ensure it’s disabled. It allows them to take over your PC and fix it remotely but is normally only used in a corporate environment. I wouldn’t trust podunk Joes PC repair shop or even one of the big box electronics outfits (think Best Buy or Frys) having installed it on my PC without me asking them to. TheManicMechanic is correct, Microsoft Security Essentials is sufficient for paying bills and most third-party antiviral software has huge overhead and has a tendency to slow down your PC. What version of Windows are you using and I can provide some basic instructions.

            Source: I’ve worked in IT for 23 years
            Disclaimer: I’m still just a random Internet dude but in a community such as this we’d typically get called out if we gave nefarious advice.

          • zhera

            Thanks! I have Windows 10 on a desktop bought in 2011. It’s been acting slow for some months, and two weeks ago could no longer handle gifs and video. Then the web readers crashed, one by one. I’m usually on Firefox.

            It’s not crashing now but the machine is working hard. Sounds like it has a lot on its mind…

          • RMJ

            Warning: never shut anything down without understanding what it does but you can Google anything these days.

            Okay, we don’t want to do too much tech support on Joe’s blog because being this far off-topic just ain’t right (but it’s so you can continue to contribute to this blog right) but to determine what’s chewing up your resources do this:

            Right-click on any blank area of the task bar at the bottom of your screen and select Task Manager:


            Then you can click on each column header where it says CPU, Memory and Disk and the column will sort by what’s using the most resources. All the Windows, System, and Service stuff is usually necessary but look for third-party programs, they’ll usually have colorful icons next to the name, and if anything is using an unusually high amount of resources, Google it and see what it does and if it’s safe to shut it down. It’s a good idea to check if anything unusual is running after taking your PC to have it publicly serviced anyway. Hope this helps. :o)


          • zhera

            Thank you, RMJ!

            Love this place, there’s always someone who knows the answer to my question.

        • Since you paid for Norton, go online and chat with Norton and they should be able to walk you through it and provide the latest version.

    • MikeBx2

      What operating system are you running?

      • zhera


        • Lazycrockett

          7, 8, 10?

          • zhera

            The latest one, so I guess 10?

        • MikeBx2

          Perhaps try downloading Norton and re-installing it. Your paid registration info is probably still on your computer. Normally, an uninstall doesn’t delete that.

        • RMJ

          zhera, right-click on the My Computer or This PC icon on your desktop and select the Properties option. It will display your system information including which specific version of Windows you’re running – like this:

    • TheManicMechanic

      If it’s Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, I recommend the Microsoft Security Essential suite. Never had a problem with it, no third parties involved, and no subscriptions.

      Those that tell you to get Apple get mocked relentlessly when they call upon Apple “Care” or the “Genius” Bar.

      • MikeBx2

        I run this too and occasionally I manually run the free version of Malwarebytes. Like you, never had an issue.

      • zhera

        I don’t do Apple. It’s too expensive for me and I hate learning new systems. It’s bad enough when Windows updates!

        • TheManicMechanic

          The last couple of major Windows 10 system updates were actually entirely new version builds of Windows, and that caused issues with some of my software suites (Photoshop, Benchvue, Cubase, etc) think they were installed on a new PC and I had to reactivate them. It’s a hassle.

    • Treant

      Like TMM said, uninstall that McAfee crapola. You can use the Microsoft Security Essential suite and be just fine until you get Norton up and running again.

      If you’d prefer something a wee bit more robust–MSE misses some things–BitDefender Free Version will do that. Free.

      I use BitDefender as my default. It occasionally annoys me, but not very often.

      • zhera

        I’ve seen mentions of something called Eset. Do you know of it?

        • E.J.

          They push Eset at Micro Center, I haven’t seen it anywhere else

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I’ve used eSet for a number of years – since ditching, um, Kaspersky. It’s definitely not the resource drain and waste of effort that McAfee is.

          They get good detection results in virus-signature-based shootouts, and depending on the flavor you buy, you can get just the A/V protection, or also network, Host Intrusion, and Identity-theft/shopping protections. The user interface, unfortunately, has steadily gotten more cumbersome over the last couple of version upgrades. It’s like playing whack-a-mole every time I go looking for the firewall-rules editor. Used to be easier. And its learning mode lasts a max of 30 days, which I wish could be altered.

          It’ll detect portscan attempts and apply basic rules right out of the box, however, and I’ve been highly satisfied with it for home use, as I said, for several years.

    • SD51

      I’ve used Norton for years. You should be able to log into your account and reinstall it from there

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • grada3784

    That’s just so wonderful. NOT!!!

    Is there anyone in the government that knows anything about security?

  • Leo
    • Sam_Handwich

      who did he prefer…..Louie Gohmert?

      • SoCalGal20

        Remember, Pence was Manafort’s choice. He tricked Trump into staying in Indiana with excuse there was a mechanical problem with Trump’s plane. Maybe Bannon wanted Roy Moore for VP!

      • JCF


    • Todd20036

      I stopped reading at: “Steve Bannon Privately slammed Pence.”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    How many more weeks? Days? Before we are at war with North Korea?

    • Steverino

      When we woke up at our cabin yesterday morning to no phone, cable, internet, and even no cell phone coverage, smoke everywhere, and the only radio station signal we could receive mentioning something about the studio being under “mandatory evacuation,” my first thought was that some war shit was coming down, and this was the “storm” Trump was referring to.

      Thankfully, it turned out to be just a horrific wildfire that destroyed only one-quarter of Santa Rosa.

    • Kate

      On Friday I was seated beside someone in the armed services who was being deployed to Korea two days later. It could be normal rotation or staging forces for something less typical. Read into that what you will.

  • TheManicMechanic


  • Now, I’m not saying it’s implausible that U.S. had plans for Kim Jong-un’s assassination, even if they were just hypothetical. But I’d bet that North Korea would claim those plans were in the data they hacked even if they weren’t. Kim Jong-un is consolidating his support by rallying North Koreans against the U.S. as much as Trump is trying to do the same against NK.

  • GeneInSJ

    OMG. Now that oaf will be insulting the president of South Korea too.

  • fastlanestranger

    Who needs plans when Donnie Darko telegraphs his every intention on Twitter several times a day?

  • mikeinftl

    I’m sure this will end well.

  • Leo
    • canoebum

      I don’t get this at all. With his money, he could buy any amount of any type booty he wanted. Why sexually harass innocent bystanders? It makes no sense.

      • -M-

        Power trip.

      • OdieDenCO

        he suffers from the EWS (entitled whiteman syndrome)

    • darren lyle

      Off topic troll?

  • Taylor Bixler

    Uh, Foreign Policy detailed these war plans a month ago…

  • kladinvt

    Who would have thought that Comrade Cheetos would make Dumbya and cray-cray Rocket Man, look good!?

  • TimCA

    O/T: For those interested in events now transpiring in Spain and Catalonia and Carles Puigdemont’s impending address to the Catalan Parliament regarding a possible declaration of independence. The following are live coverage feeds:

    From El Pais (en castellano ):

    From The Guardian (in English):

  • Jeffrey

    Why do so many headlines during the Trump administration seem like something from a Naked Gun movie?

  • Tomcat

    Ha Ha trump telegraphed his plans.

  • Tomcat

    If it is a battle of wits between Cheeto and LiL Kim we need to learn Korean.

  • mattdocmartin

    I wasn’t aware North Korea had internet.

    • SoCalGal20

      They’re the ones who did the big Sony hack a couple of years ago.

    • Tulle Christensen

      North Korea has access to internet. North Koreans do not

    • Halou

      They have a heavily censored intranet. And specially vetted (indoctrinated) military personnel, the hackers, are carrying out their work online from bases in China.

  • Karl Dubhe

    A hack, or did someone in the South try to assure the North by letting them know what to look for?

  • Charles Nelson

    The Defense Department has plans for just about every contingency…probably even alien invasions involving intelligent dolphins.

  • Or did they? What if we allowed fake war plans to be hacked?

  • Kissmagrits

    Time to bring back carrier pigeons…….

  • Halou

    US war plans under the current administration:

    1. Tweet shit.
    2. ….
    3. Profit!

  • TrueWords
  • JT

    Drumpf, asleep at the switch as always. Too busy with the twittering thingy.

  • JCF