Is North Korea Already At War With The US, Can World War 3 Be Won In Cyberspace? [Opinion]

Most people are aware that news outlets across the world have been questioning whether World War 3 is imminent. There is no question that tensions between the U.S and North Korea are high. As reported recently in the Inquisitr, North Korea drew worldwide condemnation last weekend when dictator Kim Jong-un conducted another missile test. The North Korean dictator has claimed that he has missile systems capable of delivering a nuclear payload to the U.S. mainland. The North Korean regime has claimed that hundreds of millions of American lives are at stake if Donald Trump continues to threaten the repressive and secretive regime.

U.S. President Donald Trump has shown that he will not back down to North Korean “saber-rattling.” Instead, he has deployed a carrier force, supported by nuclear submarines, to the waters off Korea. Many people believe that tensions could lead to the beginning of World War 3.

Readers also know that organizations and government institutions around the world were affected by a cyber-attack at the end of last week. Reports are now claiming that the North Koreans are behind the global WannaCry ransomware attack. It is claimed that the software virus has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Banks, government agencies, and hospitals were among those affected, and the Independent reports that cyber-security experts believe North Korea is behind the attacks.

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Given that the motivation for the ransomware attacks is believed to be financial, it is claimed that North Korea may be attempting to recover money lost because of the sanctions imposed on them. While many people have been fearing a nuclear confrontation with a rogue nation, could it be that North Korea has already declared war on the U.S., and is that war being fought electronically?

Can The U.S. Hack North Korean Missiles Before They Leave The Ground?

Claims that the U.S. and North Korea are already involved in cyber-warfare may seem like the plot of a James Bond movie, but are the claims really so far-fetched? Cyber-security experts claim that the code used in last week’s cyber-attacks was very similar to previous attacks attributed to North Korea.

When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, communication networks were a primary target before boots were put on the ground. An army that can’t communicate is an ineffective army. That war took place almost 15 years ago, and it’s reasonable to assume that electronic warfare research has come a long way in that time.

Just last month CNN reported, that failed North Korean missile tests may have been due to hacking by the U.S. intelligence agencies. Former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told BBC News that he believed U.S. hacking had caused missile tests to fail.

“It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.”

Of course, no computer system is completely secure. Last year, the Telegraph reported that a 15-year-old British schoolboy had managed to hack the FBI’s computers, and 49-year-old “Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger’s, broke into 97 Pentagon and NASA computers, stealing passwords, deleting files and shutting down networks on military bases.”

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If top-secret U.S. computer systems can be hacked from a schoolboy’s bedroom, then you can be sure that the U.S. intelligence community will be working very hard to find a backdoor into North Koreas missile systems. After all, no missile will find its target and probably won’t get off the ground without its computer system.

Back in March of this year, the New York Times claimed that Donald Trump had inherited a top-secret cyberwar against North Korea’s missile systems.

“President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.

“Soon a large number of the North’s military rockets began to explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair and plunge into the sea.”

Of course, the U.S. won’t rely on its ability to hack the North Korean missile control system, as other methods of disabling weapon control systems will be utilized too. According to Foxtrot Alpha, the U.S. has already developed a missile system that will be used to attack computer systems.

Apparently, the U.S. military has developed a “smart bomb” that will target an enemy’s command, control, communication, computing, surveillance, and intelligence capabilities by delivering a huge magnetic pulse that will wipe out electronics without harming people or physical infrastructure. The electronic weapon can be delivered by existing missile technology.

Of course, these systems, if they exist, are highly classified, but it seems that World War 3 may already be underway, and for the first time in history, it could be a war without human casualties.

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