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Anonymous 'Hacks' North Korea Social Network Accounts

World  (tags: North Korea, KimJong Un, BBC, Anonymous, China, threats, Nuclear threat, Operation Free Korea )

- 2263 days ago -
The hacking collective Anonymous has said it has been "hacking" and vandalising social networking profiles linked to North Korea. The group has issued several warnings since the country's threats have intensified.


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Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 3:25 pm
The group has issued several warnings since the country's threats have intensified.

Uriminzokkiri, a news site, has been forced offline - while Twitter and Flickr accounts have been breached.

Anonymous also claimed to have accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database.

As part of action which the loosely organised collective has called "Operation Free Korea", the hackers have called for leader Kim Jong-un to step down, a democratic government to be put in place - and for North Koreans to get uncensored internet access.

Currently, only a select few in the country have access to the "internet" - which is more akin to a closed company intranet with only a select few websites that are government-run.

The country recently allowed foreigners to access mobile internet, but this service has since been shut off.

In a message posted online, members of Anonymous wrote: "To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring [this] oppressive government down!

"We are holding your back and your hand, while you take the journey to freedom, democracy and peace.

"You are not alone. Don't fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the other Anons are here to set you free."
'Tango down'

Urminzokkiri's Twitter feed started displaying messages reading "hacked" at around 0700 BST. The account's avatar was changed to a picture of two people dancing, with the words "Tango down".

On Urminzokkiri's Flickr photo page, other images, including a "wanted" poster mocking Kim Jong-un, were also posted.

Anonymous has posted what it said was a sample of the hacked information.

However, some have questioned the reliability of the details as some of the email addresses were in fact Chinese.

Also unreachable on Thursday was the website of Air Koryo, the country's airline, which launched its online booking site late last year.

Like the main Urminzokkiri homepage, it is suspected the Air Koryo site has been hit with a Distributed Denial of Service attacked (DDoS) - a technique which involves flooding a website with too much traffic for it to handle.

Although a highly secretive nation, North Korea puts considerable effort in to having a strong presence online.
Various YouTube accounts attached to the regime post news items and propaganda videos on a regular basis.

Roger G (148)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:44 pm
noted, thanks!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:57 pm
There is a problem in that anyone can claim membership in the collective.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:05 pm
Betsy, what exactly would be the problem with that? There is certainly a difference between inactive silent "members" and those who actually do things, making headlines with their actions. I have no further knowledge about that group but I assume that likeminded folks with the necessary skills and knowledge could claim and be members ?

Vicky P (476)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 8:49 pm
hm, I guess at least they have the privilege of the internet, their people don't

Lynn D (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:45 am

Arlene C (28)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 3:19 am
Merci de votre opinion, je ne connaissais pas.


Nancy C (806)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:28 am
so glad to be in the US...with all of our problems, we still have a bit of a voice...thanx Angelika

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:06 am
Noted, thanks.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:22 am
John G., I agree! and they are who this was aimed at.

Patsy Olive (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:28 pm
It seems to me that north korea, is waiting on chinia to give them the ok to send their bombs.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:55 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 3:15 pm
Thanks, Angelika, for giving me a nice big smile with that headline. Go Anon!....blazing the trail where others dare not go. I'm always glad to read that they are having impact; and the more of the article I read, the bigger my smile gets.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 3:56 pm
Always love stories of good guys defeating bad guys, great altered picture of Kin Jong-un, brought a smile to my face, although I must point out pigs are much maligned creatures! As for Anonymous, they are the modern day Robin Hood of the Internet! More power to them!

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Interesting. But, I don't think this will help.

Eternal Gardener (734)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:21 pm
Down with the oppressor... you've got to love the Anonymous!

Lydia S (155)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:48 pm
I enjoyed the wanted poster very much and I applaud anonymous for their effort .

paul m (93)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:52 am

Nice hack into the Missile codes of North Korea..

Judith Hand (55)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:01 pm
Noted. Some surprises in there. I wonder if anyone is secretly wishing to take AnonKorea up on their offer?

Marta S (7)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:25 pm
Anonymous is a group you really need to watch carefuly-some of the people are a bit on the control freak side of things, and not in a good way. ////////yes, North Korea is a huge threat to the safety of the /uSa, and to treat their threats as jokes is to undervalue the citizens of America;s lives. Dictatora usually don;t joke around, anyone who has survived any of their regimes can tell you that.Something needs to be done to stop the North Koreans from this bombing as a way to solve a problem. Its both insane and a lot of innocent Americans and South Koreans, as well as untold other worl citizens will die needlessly if this threat is not dealt with in a peaceful manner.

The how of this I don;t know except o use Dennis Rodman as a go between. If anyone has a better idea, lets do that too. Like one song says-War is not the answer..We need to act sooner rather than later..

Amy L (112)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:51 am
Kim Jon-un is an insane freak of nature. I find it extremely distasteful that he is obviously - morbidly obese - while the rest of his countrymen starve and live in poverty; he would rather threaten to nuke everyone rather than fix N. Korea's horrible reputation in the world. In a nutshell I think China could humble this bitch if they wanted to. Too bad this empty headed pig tyrant is on the dark side and prefers to use his power for evil - it would be so easy to use it for good. What an idiot.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:23 am
Marta S - "North Korea is a huge threat to the safety of the /uSa, and to treat their threats as jokes is to undervalue the citizens of America;s lives. Dictatora usually don;t joke around.."

Dictators usually are NOT suicidal either! I think the media is playing this alledged threat way too big, especially regarding "citizens of America;s lives". All others in that area are way more endangered, if anything. The only real danger for the US and the world is the lack of knowledge about that closed system of NK, we all don't really know much of anything and have no useful intelligence either.
Insecurity causes fear but hopefully this fear will NOT lead to unthoughtful actions of any kind.


Patricia R (13)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:59 am

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday April 19, 2013, 9:30 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:12 am
Anything to diisrupt this dictator's propaganda is laudable. However I feel for pigs having been compared to this vicious regime since no pig is so heartless.
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