North Korean hackers stole South's war plans

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The bilateral training mission between the U.S. B-1B bombers and South Korean F-15K fighter jets on Tuesday night followed a September 23 mission in which USA bombers and fighter escorts used pre-dawn hours to fly to the farthest point of the border between North and South Korea by any US aircraft this century.

A South Korean presidential official said Tuesday's operation was part of a recently agreed upon rotational deployment of US military assets to the peninsula, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Late last month, the Air Force sent two B-1Bs over global waters close to the North's east coast. In August, Pyongyang threatened to shoot intermediate range missiles towards the vicinity of Guam, a target frequently subjected to sabre-rattling from the North.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un inspects a military site in North Korea in this undated picture released by state media.

Senior diplomats of South Korea and the United States will hold a vice-ministerial strategic dialogue next week in Seoul, South Korea's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The joint military drill was the latest show of force against North Korea, whose leader is engaged in a heated war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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USA military leaders say North Korea has all the components but has not demonstrated it can put them all together effectively. In a speech at the United Nations in September, the US President accused the North Korean leader Kim of being "on a suicide mission" - while Kim responded by vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with US jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

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

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency this is not the first time the communist regime to the north has launched a tirade of cyber attacks on the country, with hacks targeting government websites and facilities being commonplace in recent years.

There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.

North Korea has yet to comment on either the bombing drills or the hacking claims.

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