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North Korean hackers steal South Korean war plans to wipe out NK leadership (reuters.com)
38 points by anigbrowl 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments

South Korean war plans.. So the South Korean's left the door open. It's possible it's all disinformation, but war of any kind would be absolutely devastating to South Korea. There is no scenario, save for a massive, surprise nuclear assault on Pyongyang that incinerates the majority of the elite, military, and political leaders, that doesn't see South Korea and Seoul suffering horrendous casualties. American's will sit back and watch it on CNN, with commercial breaks, but many, many people will die.

This smells of good old Operation Bodyguard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bodyguard), the intel seemed to be too readily available, and available at just the right time for it to be believable.

I wouldn't be surprised if hackers found the door open. The fear of wiped out might be the only thing that gets Kim's attention. I mean real attention.

USA needs to declassify a few satellite /drone photos and post them on Twitter like "we know were you slept last night. "

I doubt very much Kim could be found to be "taken out".

Undoubtedly he lives deep, deep underground in some palatial bunker which is strangely and ironically like that of some James Bond super-villain's lair.

Undoubtedly he lives deep, deep underground in some palatial bunker

Undoubtedly he likes to leave that at times. Even for deep bunkers they are solutions, super-penetrating bombs and bombs that close entry /exit locations. USA has plenty of bombs, they don't have to hit the jackpot with the first shot.

Or, you know, they could have just referenced the last ~30 years of public US military & political posturing in which decapitating the North Korea leadership was always a leading consideration.

Reeks of being a promoted headline (not necessarily fake, but specifically touted). I assume we'll see a lot more of that in the coming months, it's meant to set the stage for the American people to accept war if necessary. Much like the recent power company headline.[1] The media always loves to play along, just as they mostly did with Iraq (or the comical jerking-off that people like Brian Williams did [2] when Trump launched pointless missiles at the Syrian Shayrat airbase; they love being on that military industrial complex train).

[1] "Experts: North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/experts-north-korea...

[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/0...

They didn't steal the what. They stole the how. There's a big difference.

Edit: NK has long been worried about a decapitation attack. Now, if you're going to defend against an attack that you know is coming, it can be crucial to know how your enemy is going to attack. In this case, from NK's POV:

What US national technical means will be used to locate the Dear Leader, and in turn, which of our precious few countermeasures will be most profitably deployed against them? What army unit leaders does the West suspect might be turned? Let's get ready to replace them. What local, Western-controlled individuals will be used and what clues will they be told to look for? Can we capture or turn those people? How will they be passing their data out of the country, and how can that be technologically blocked? What computer networks does the US think are most likely to hold data that reveals where he is? Are they right? If so, what would be the impact on our war effort if we shut them down or otherwise limited internal access? Etc etc.

>The media always loves to play along

Not just play along, there is a lot of evidence the US media has been actively funded, controlled, and censored by the US Military Industrial Complex, CIA, "Deep State," whatever you want to call it[1,2,3,4,5,6], for a while.

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed" -Mark Twain

1 - https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/exclusive-documents-... 2 - "Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media" https://theintercept.com/2017/01/11/the-deep-state-goes-to-w... 3 - https://theintercept.com/2016/12/15/if-donald-trump-is-so-up... 4 - https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/30/the-cia-and-the-pres... 5-https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/the-ag-ga... 6-https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia...

You're not wrong about any of the details, but 'did you know the media can be suborned for political ends' is a trite observation that can be applied to just about any story and doesn't leave readers any wiser. I didn't downvote you but don't feel that such generic patronizing critiques add much to HN, most of whose readership is already media-savvy and cynical in outlook.

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