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Anonymous takes over North Korea's social network accounts

Nationwide intranet peeled open
Thu Apr 04 2013, 13:51

HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has struck out at North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un, taking over some of the country's social network accounts and defacing some of its websites.

A message posted to Pastebin explains the hacktivists' reasoning for the takedowns and takeovers.

"Because of North Korea's new threats today we are forced to contact you again. Within this release we also take the chance to set some things straight about our goals, because it seems some web citizens didn't really get it right," the message says.

Kim Jong-un is accused of coming up short in the manhood department and over-compensating with his anger.

"Threatening the world with your nukes won't make it any better at all," he is told. "If you had finally opened up your country for the real internet, you would have already seen over 9,000 ads for products devoted to solve your problem."

The US is also messaged by the group, and told to stop stirring up trouble over hidden agendas.

"What the f**k you guys creating the next kind of Cuba crisis?," it is asked. "No one asked you for your bombers and missiles and drones and shit... You are not the police of the world... Anonymous and the actual people, the citizens, are going to manage this the peaceful way."

It is suggested that if the two parties want a bloody battle, then they should take themselves underground and do it, leaving the rest of the world and its citizens out.

"Citizens of North Korea, South Korea, USA, and the world Don't allow your governments to separate you. We are all one. We are the people," adds the release. "Our enemies are the dictators and regimes, our goals are freedom and peace and democracy. United as one, divided by zero, we can never be defeated!"

The account takeovers on the country's Twitter account and its Flickr account were enabled by Anonymous activists working on the ground in North Korea who have been able to penetrate Kwangmyong, North Korea's 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," adds the statement.

"Last missing peace of puzzle was to interconnect the two networks, which those guys finally managed to do."

At present @uriminzok, the North Korean Twitter account, is full of tweets about websites being "Tango down", slang for being offline. The image used in place of a photo has all the hallmarks of Anonymous, and it looks like the account was taken over around six hours ago, or about 8am UK time.

There we find links to a hijacked Flickr account, again with all the hallmarks of Anonymous takeover, and links to other websites under control of the hacktivists.

In one example, the website belonging to the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, a controversial socialist group banned in South Korea, has been defaced with an unflattering image of the young Kim Jong-un.

Last month Anonymous released its first salvo against North Korea, a document that claimed access to information about 15,000 of its citizens. "First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship 'government'," it warned. µ


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