North Korea’s unsuccessful missile launch ‘may have been thwarted by US cyber attack’

A North Korean missile launch that failed shortly after it was fired may have been thwarted by cyber attacks from the US.

The medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday from a site near the port city of Sinpo, as Mike Pence, the US vice president, arrived in Seoul for talks with the South Korean government over how to deal with Pyongyang’s belligerence.

“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,” the former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday.

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  • mobuyus

    In the picture it would appear that little porkies nose has fallen off and landed right on top that mouse.

  • andycanuck

    Alright! A mouthy Conservative cabinet minister. I guess “loose lips sink ships” is no longer official British government policy.

    • sk6actual

      Considering the Assanges, Snowdens and Cutme Nadzoff Mannings of the world it hasn’t applied much of anywhere lately.

  • Barrington Minge

    Are any of the soldiers in this picture still alive – failure to launch!!

  • tom_billesley

    Missile development isn’t plain sailing. The Polaris IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) was rechristened IBRM (into Banana River missile) by local residents after a failed launch.

  • sk6actual

    Well I have considered such for a long time. One could think that even non rocket scientist types would not have that many repeated failures (albeit the have been SOME success).
    I am thinking that if you consider all the DPRK missile failures over the xxx period that their system may have been infected with a mutated virus initiated by the Iranian centrifuge Stuxnet – this is known as KimUn-Fuxnet.
    The problem with short, squat, mentally deranged oriental retards (Islamic assistance not ignored) is that the little fugger only needs (and would probably only get) one good shot.

  • ismiselemeas

    My 10 year old got the same mouse on Amazon last month. It was on special.

  • Ron MacDonald

    …or a Chinese cyber attack.

  • QiPo

    Noel’s gonna’ have new openings for scientists, engineers, and military officers this week!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As a clue, Trump expressed confidence that we could handle anything the North Koreans tried to pull.

  • ntt1

    Read a great comment about Nork hats not being outsize but that the average Nork is tiny and makes the quite normal hats look huge, the average Nork is only a shade over 5 feet due to chronic starvation,

  • canminuteman

    It would be comforting to think that it was thwarted by a US cyber attack.