At this point a hundred Best Korean scientists are trying to figure out if the US is fucking with them, or if they just suck at their jobs.
— Jonathan Nichols (@wvualphasoldier) April 15, 2017
While we wait to see what, if anything happens next, here’s a nice shiny open thread for you all to speculate and/or talk about whatever.
North Korea has launched a missile on its east coast which is believed to have failed, South Korea's military says https://t.co/I3TGU9L29N
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 15, 2017
BREAKING: North Korea attempts to fire missile from its east coast but appears to have failed – Reuters/Yonhap
— CNBC (@CNBC) April 15, 2017
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 15, 2017
N Korea missile test fails.
But give them credit for trying.
Test was in direction of US strike force.
Undeterred by US muscle-flexing.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 15, 2017
North Korea launches a failed missile in defiance of Trump, and the world is waiting to see how Trump will escalate it further.
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) April 15, 2017
^^^ UPDATE Reports indicating this failed missile launch was headed towards our carrier group and intended as a 'warning shot'.
— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUAL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) April 15, 2017
^^^ FLASHBACK – https://t.co/SBDzRQmQ4L
— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUAL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) April 16, 2017
From that Business Insider article:
A recent New York Times reportuncovered a secret operation to derail North Korea’s nuclear-missile program that has been raging for three years.
Essentially, the report attributes North Korea’s high rate of failure with Russian-designed missiles to US meddling in the country’s missile software and networks.
Though North Korea’s missile infrastructure lacks the competence of Russia’s, Russians using the same type of missiles achieved a 13% failure rate, while North Korean attempts failed a whopping 88% of the time, according to the report.
But to those in the know, the campaign against North Korea came as no surprise. Dr. Ken Geers, a cybersecurity expert for Comodo with experience in the NSA, told Business Insider that cyberoperations like the one against North Korea were actually the norm.
While the fact that the US hacked another country’s missile program may be shocking to some, “within military intelligence spaces this is what they do,” Geers said. “If you think that war is possible with a given state, you’re going to be trying to prepare the battle space for conflict. In the internet age, that means hacking.”
A possibility we failed to consider: North Korea would try to start a war – but fail. https://t.co/akikhjbs8l
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) April 15, 2017
And to make it a musical open thread:
Have at it!