Today’s Military Update That You Need To Know About
North Korean hackers targeted U.S. electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity firm FireEye, NBC News reported Tuesday. They used emails with “fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims.” So far, it appears the attacks were unsuccessful. Read on, here.
BTW: The South Korean military “has not yet identified nearly 80 percent of the 235 gigabytes” of data stolen allegedly by North Korean hackers — which includes the joint U.S.-South Korean “decapitation strike” war plan, The New York Times reports.
A new nighttime, joint training mission took place east of the Korean peninsula on Tuesday. It was the first night training mission involving U.S., South Korean and Japanese aircraft, U.S.Pacific Air Forces said in an announcement. “Using Andersen Air Force Base, Guam as a power projection platform, two B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew a mission in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, East Sea.”
The vessel: USS Chafee (DDG 90), a guided missile destroyer.
The mission: carry out “normal maneuvering operations that challenged ‘excessive maritime claims’ near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.”
Background: “Unlike in August, when a U.S. Navy destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, officials said the destroyer on Tuesday sailed close to but not within that range of the islands,” Reuters reports. “Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the United States does not recognize territorial claims.”
Chinese military reax: Scramble “a warship, two fighter jets and a helicopter… to warn the U.S. ship away, adding it had infringed upon China’s sovereignty and security with its ‘provocation.’”
Chinese diplomatic reax: “The US vessel action violated Chinese laws and relevant international laws, undermined China’s sovereignty and security interests,” Foreign Ministry spox Hua Chunying told reporters this morning in Beijing, Agence France-Presse reports.
This fourth FONOP comes a month ahead of Trump’s first visit to Asia, including a stopover in China, Reuters writes.
Held accountable: The U.S. Navy has fired the skipper and executive officer of the destroyer McCain, saying that the August 21 collision that left 10 sailors dead was “preventable.” But the investigation continues, reports the Washington Post, here.