On April 3rd, online hacktivist group Anonymous hacked North Korea’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts, along with the country’s official news site. Although 3 days have passed, the Twitter and Flickr accounts have not been recovered yet; however, the country’s official news website is back on track.
The attackers targeted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a series of tweets and photos that portray him in a less-than-flattering light. Five tweets were sent between 10:45 p.m. to 11:20 p.m PDT on Wednesday. Most included a simple message – “Hacked” – accompanied by links to various North Korean websites.
On the other side, Anonymous uploaded four images to North Korea’s official Flickr photostream, including a fake “Wanted” poster, depicting Jong-un with pig ears and a snout, and text that said: “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death/Concentration Camps and the worst human rights violation in the world.” The photo offers a bogus $1 million reward. One person posted “Tango Down” with a link to the country’s Flickr page.
Anonymous has also hacked North Korean news and information website uriminzokkiri.com. Anonymous has stolen many account information from uriminzokkiri.com and explained how it was able to get inside Kwangmyong, North Korean’s countrywide Intranet:
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 piece of the puzzle was to interconnect the two networks, which those guys finally managed to do.
It is being assumed that Anonymous has hacked North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr accounts as the country isn’t likely to concede to the demands of Anonymous. The demands of Anonymous were:
- N.K. government to stop making nukes and nuke-threats
- Kim Jong-un to resign
- Install a free direct democracy in North Korea
- Uncensored internet access for all the citizens!