Two U.S. Air Force bombers flew over North Korea on Tuesday night, in a demonstration aimed at deterring North Korean military activity on the 72nd anniversary of the regime's ruling party, Reuters reported.
"Thus far, the suspected North Korean actions are consistent with a desire to demonstrate a deterrent capability rather than a prelude to an unprovoked first-strike in cyberspace; however, North Korea linked actors are bold, have launched multiple cyber attacks created to demonstrate national strength and resolve, and have little concern for potential discovery and attribution of their operations", FireEye researchers said in a blog.
Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said in radio appearances yesterday that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September past year, citing information from unnamed South Korean defence officials.
North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September.
North Korea will "shower fire" on the USA in response to the threats by its President Donald Trump, the regime's Foreign Minister has said.
Last week Trump stepped up his attacks on the North saying that talking with it does not work and "only one thing will work".
The B-1B Lancers, which flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, were joined by South Korean fighter jets after entering the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, the South Korean military said.
He said the North's strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished".
North Korea is famous for its outlandish threats of waging war and using nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies.
Australia's recent denial of entry for North Korean soccer players is also in line with the stance, the foreign minister said, referring to her decision not to issue visas for a North Korean soccer team seeking to participate in next month's qualifying matches for the Asian Football Confederation under-19 championships, originally set to take place in the country.
Secret intelligence documents and photos collected by the U.S. military were among what was stolen from South Korea's classified information by Pyongyang hackers in September 2016.
Two supersonic U.S. bombers have flown over the Korean peninsula in a "show of force" despite Kim Jong-Un's threats to shoot them down.
"Our prime minister has made very clear our support for the US (policy), but more importantly, our support is for regional stability and security", Payne said. It is also unclear as to whether the hackers' activities point to a specific and/or known North Korean hacker group's involvement.
Trump slammed more than two decades of US policy toward North Korea on Twitter on Monday, saying past action to quell the crisis "didn't work".
Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam will hold strategic talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on October 18 in Seoul, according to Seoul's foreign ministry.