Anonymous continues North Korea attack with Twitter hack

News by Steve Evans

Hackers claiming to represent Anonymous have attacked Twitter and Flickr accounts run by North Korea's government.

Hackers claiming to represent Anonymous have attacked Twitter and Flickr accounts run by North Korea's government.

The group has also forced the Uriminzokkiri website offline, days after hacking its database and stealing user details for 15,000 members. Uriminzokkiri is a North Korean news service run by the government.

The Uriminzokkiri Twitter feed, which is operated by the North Korean government, posted a number of messages reading “hacked”, followed by links to other North Korean websites that were also believed to have been hacked.

One of the links goes to the supposed website of the AINDF, a pro-communist political party in South Korea, which now just features a picture mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The picture depicts him with pig ears and a snout and offers a $1 million reward.

Another link also pointed to the official North Korea Flickr page. The hackers were reported to have uploaded four images to the account, one of which was the same wanted poster the AINDF site displayed. However, at the time of writing the Flickr account had been suspended.

Anonymous Korea has claimed responsibility for the attack, as it did with this week's earlier incident, under the title of #opNorthKorea. The group says it is protesting against the recent aggressive behaviour of the North Korean government, which includes threatening the US with a nuclear missile strike. The group's first statement demanded the resignation of Kim Jong Un and that North Korea stops its nuclear program.

In a statement posted on Pastebin the group repeated its calls and suggested it had people within the country working for it, which could help it penetrate Kwangmyong, the government run intranet that North Korean users access instead of the wider internet.

“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),” the statement said. “We also have access to some N.K. phone landlines, which are connected to Kwangmyong through dial-ups.”

The statement ended with a call for the citizens of North and South Korea and the USA to unite against their governments for “freedom and peace and democracy”.

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