In March 2009, a senior Defense Department information technology official e-mailed employees in the Pentagon’s Office of the Secretary of Defense warning of a “cyber-exploration” threat. “There are currently targeted e-mail attacks toward Defense Department users,” the e-mail read. The offending e-mail’s subject line was labeled U//FOUO, the Defense Department’s abbreviation for “unclassified/for official use only,” and claimed that North Korea had “carried out [a] nuclear missile ...

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