Skip to comments.N. Korea: NK military changes communication system to avoid wiretaps
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.
For what it’s worth......ping
Adding another rotor to the old Enigma machine.
Idiots. Another technology transfer, just like Clinton in the '90s.
They will be cracked.
Take it to the bank.
Not quite... the South Koreans probably included trapdoors.
Don’t you people know that “Gentlemen don’t read other people’s mail?”
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.
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."
I understand it was a quote, the real question is whether the poster really supports that and used the quote out of sarcasm.
Lol. Fiber can be tapped and detected.
Did somebody break the string between the tin cans?
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.
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.
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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.
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