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N. Korea: NK military changes communication system to avoid wiretaps
Donga Ilbo ^ | 12/24/11

Posted on 12/24/2011 11:43:32 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

NK military changes communication system to avoid wiretaps

DECEMBER 24, 2011 20:34

The South Korean military has obtained intelligence that top brass in North Korea are changing communication frequencies and encrypting system to avoid wiretapping.

The move comes after South Korean media reported that Kim Jong Un, the successor to the late leader Kim Jong Il, gave his first order to his military just before the Dec. 19 announcement of his father`s death.

A military source said Friday that the South Korean military has had trouble collecting special intelligence obtained by wiretapping North Korean telecommunications since South Korean media reported that Kim Jong Un ordered North Korean troops to stop military exercises and immediately return to base.

"No additional special intelligence has been secured from the telecommunication system used to deliver Kim Jong Un`s first order to his entire military," the source added. "It appears that the North Korean military is changing the frequency bandwidth or encryption system out of fear that the South Korean military is wiretapping."

The North issues all instructions, including orders from the leadership, to its units through encrypted or coded words to maintain communication security. Reportedly, Kim Jong Un`s first order was quickly delivered to all military units in encrypted form Monday morning just before state-run media announced Kim Jong Il`s death.

After South Korean media reports said Seoul decrypted the detailed contents of the communication, Pyongyang`s military has begun to act to prevent the South from collecting further intelligence, military intelligence in Seoul said.

Another source said, "There`s the possibility that the North is delivering follow-up instructions only through its optical cable networks, which cannot be wiretapped by the South Korean military, after changing its communication frequencies or encryption system."

Rep. Kim Se-yeon, a member of the South Korean ruling Grand National Party, claimed at a parliamentary session Friday that optical fiber cables provided by the South were buried under ground, blocking wiretapping efforts.

Since the Kim Dae-jung administration, Seoul has been providing the North with telecommunication equipment including optical cables to help the impoverished communist country improve its communication networks. The South Korean military said communication using optical cables is harder to detect than those using wireless networks.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: code; codebreaking; nkorea

1 posted on 12/24/2011 11:43:35 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 12/24/2011 11:44:14 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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For what it’s worth......ping


3 posted on 12/24/2011 11:49:08 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Adding another rotor to the old Enigma machine.


4 posted on 12/25/2011 12:20:13 AM PST by sinanju
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Seoul has been providing the North with telecommunication equipment including optical cables to help the impoverished communist country improve its communication networks.

Idiots. Another technology transfer, just like Clinton in the '90s.

5 posted on 12/25/2011 12:31:33 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Futile.

They will be cracked.

Take it to the bank.

Pathetic.

6 posted on 12/25/2011 12:44:51 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Many attempts were made over the years to kill Kim Jong il. This one may finally have succeeded.)
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To: Old Sarge

Not quite... the South Koreans probably included trapdoors.


7 posted on 12/25/2011 3:09:48 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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MI Ping


8 posted on 12/25/2011 4:48:22 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet

Don’t you people know that “Gentlemen don’t read other people’s mail?”


9 posted on 12/25/2011 5:45:46 AM PST by Ax
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To: sinanju

Modern computers would cut through the enigma machine like a hot knife through butter. Apparently this was nothing more subtle than listening in on unencrypted channels. The U.S. used to monitor Soviet microwave telemetry with satellites that the Soviets didn’t know existed. At the time encryption was expensive. They believed the channels were secure because they didn’t believe the transmitters could be observed by the U.S. They never considered the third dimension.

Whoever blabbed about the North Korean communications (assuming this isn’t all South Korean disinformation) should be shot.


10 posted on 12/25/2011 6:01:18 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Ax
One of Sec. of State Henry L Stimson's stupider acts was associated with that 1929 quote.

He redeemed himself as Sec. of War in WW-II.

By the way most ASA, NSG, AFSS guys would seriously object to being defamed as "gentlemen."

11 posted on 12/25/2011 6:06:14 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Ax

Sarcasm?


12 posted on 12/25/2011 6:19:41 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver; Ax
No, it wasn't sarcasm. It was a historical quote.
13 posted on 12/25/2011 6:28:19 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet; Ax

I understand it was a quote, the real question is whether the poster really supports that and used the quote out of sarcasm.


14 posted on 12/25/2011 6:30:14 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Old Sarge

Lol. Fiber can be tapped and detected.


15 posted on 12/25/2011 6:30:44 AM PST by Justa
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To: driftdiver; Ax
Ax is one of us, he was poking fun at the silly concept, which I suppose is a form of sarcasm.
16 posted on 12/25/2011 6:35:39 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Did somebody break the string between the tin cans?


17 posted on 12/25/2011 6:51:15 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: ASA Vet

ASA Vet is quite right. It was dripping with sarcasm. Idiot Stimson was trying to introduce the practice of fighting the enemy with one hand tied behind our back. Even Caesar was aware that his enemies were reading his mail when he introduced cryptography to protect his comms with his higher HQS.


18 posted on 12/25/2011 7:53:12 AM PST by Ax
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To: ASA Vet

We may not always have comported ourselves as “gentlemen” whilst strutting our stuff on the streets of certain villages in Japan, Germany, The PI, Korea or Italy. But you can bet when we got home and if our mothers found out how badly we behaved, we’d get thumped for our candor.


19 posted on 12/25/2011 7:59:52 AM PST by Ax
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Old Crow Ping

Please let me know if you want on or off the Old Crow ping list.

It won't help the NKs. At most it will mean a slight delay. If they truly think that it will help, all the better for us.

Merry Christmas, y'all.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

20 posted on 12/25/2011 9:19:26 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: rfreedom4u

That might be the post of the day right there.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 9:19:35 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: ASA Vet
Hey North Korea, decrypt this!

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

22 posted on 12/25/2011 9:31:56 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Old Sarge

Yup, Dumbasses helping bad relatives.


23 posted on 12/25/2011 10:05:41 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LonePalm
LOL!

"You think you're pretty smart 'Un' but let me tell you something....I can smell the Kimchee 10 mile away!"


24 posted on 12/25/2011 10:18:47 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe time for another ‘Pueblo’ type incident.
Or maybe that is what was in the drone that went to Iran ‘by mistake’.

Have to get the ‘right machine’ in the wrong hands....


25 posted on 12/25/2011 12:23:00 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) EGOIST - A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. A. Bierce)
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To: LonePalm
Thanks for the ping.

The NorKs are operating under a new, young leader. Here's hoping he's as stupid as most of us were at that age.
26 posted on 12/25/2011 12:54:00 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: LonePalm

Yes, I got a chuckle about the duffus author talking about a “wire tap” and changing frequencies to prevent it.

There are no “wires” in wireless communications.

hee hee hee

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


27 posted on 12/25/2011 3:35:55 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Ax

Yep, that phrase got Herbert Yardley is a lot of trouble.


28 posted on 12/25/2011 3:37:10 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Ax
Yep, and Thomas Jefferson is credited with having invented the first rotary encrypter.
29 posted on 12/25/2011 3:39:28 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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