(Updated April 4 @ 4:30 pm MDT)
The hacktivist group Anonymous has turned its attention to North Korea and its young leader, Kim Jong Un, hacking official Twitter and Flickr accounts in that country. The collective has, for the most part, focused on widely unpopular targets (eg, Westboro Baptist Church) and certainly few groups are in a position to gig the North Korean leader from within his own borders. Still, he’s unpredictable and perhaps should not be provoked unnecessarily.
Anonymous has urged North Koreans to rise up against their oppressive government and has circulated a less-than-flattering poster of Kim Jong Un. They also claim to have hacked news outlet Uriminzokkiri.com, allegedly stealing more than 15,000 passwords. The website is currently offline.
Anonymous explained how they did it:
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.
Today, in its latest threat against the US, the North Korean government reportedly has authorized its military to conduct a potential “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike.”
Has Anonymous gone too far this time? One has to question the wisdom of taking shots at a pompous, posturing, erratic leader who keeps threatening to launch nuclear strikes at the US, its territories, and its allies.
(Then again, there’s the Washington Post blog that casts doubt on the whole incident — “Sorry, Anonymous probably didn’t hack North Korea’s intranet.”)
- Anonymous hacks North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr accounts (news.cnet.com)
- Anonymous hacks North Korea’s social media in net freedom bid (slashgear.com)
- North Korean social media apparently hacked (myfox8.com)
- Anonymous hackers take control of North Korean propaganda sites (arstechnica.com)
- North Korean social media hacked? (abc15.com)
- Anonymous threatens cyberwar on North Korea, steals 15,000 passwords (bgr.com)
- North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr Accounts Have Been Hacked (gizmodo.com)