North Korea apparently has some interest in social media. Anonymous recently hacked into the North Korean government’s Twitter and Flickr accounts. Their Twitter feed now shows links that mock the country’s current leader Kim Jong-un. One of those links shows a doctored image of Jong-un with the words Wanted written at the top.
There’s also tweets that criticize his policies as a leader. The Flickr account also shows the same doctored image and a graphic that reads “We Are Anonymous”.
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The self-proclaimed hactivist group also supposedly hacked North Korean news website Uriminzokkiri.com; as of press time, the website is still down.
One Anonymous hacker bragged about stealing information from the North Korean news website on Pastebin, “We have a few guys on the ground who managed to bring the real internet into the country using a chain of long distance WiFi repeaters with proprietary frequencies, so they’re not jammed (yet). We also have access to some N.K. phone landlines which are connected to Kwangmyong through dial-ups. Last missing peace of puzzle was to interconnect the two networks, which those guys finally managed to do.”
Just last week, Anonymous shared sensitive account information for Uriminzokkiri.com and shared some snippets on Pastebin. The reasoning behind the hacker group’s attempts to virtually vandalize North Korea’s government and business websites? The group demands that North Korea’s government stops making nuclear war threats, that Kim Jong-un steps down from his leadership position, they start offering free direct democracy for the country, and uncensored internet access for everyone in the country.
It’s highly unlikely that North Korea will pay attention to Anonymous’ demands. The hacktivist group is more known for the notorious internet vandalism attempts than their alleged “activisim”. If anything, these virtual attacks will only create more tension and perhaps get them into serious trouble if they are caught.