U.S. Cyber Attack May Have Sabotaged Failed North Korean Missile Launch
On Sunday, North Korea tried to flex their military muscles by launching a missile after they were warned by the international community not to. But the launch failed spectacularly and the dud “blew up almost immediately.” There are some who believe that the U.S. may have sabotaged that failed launch with a cyber attack.
Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told BBC that electronic warfare could have brought down the flawed launch.
“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,” Rifkind said.
“But don’t get too excited by that, they’ve also had quite a lot of successful tests,” he added. “They are an advanced country when it comes to their nuclear weapons program. That still remains a fact – a hard fact.”
The interference utilizes electromagnetic weapons, which are capable of disrupting electronic equipment.