While North Korea has made some serious-sounding threats about military action against the United States and South Korea lately, the country’s looking a bit silly after several of its online accounts were hacked.
North Korea’s official Flickr and Twitter pages have been vandalised, with hacker collective Anonymous taking credit. The hackers also gained access to a North Korean music and book store and the country’s news and information site, both of which have both been taken down, The Next Web reports.
The Flickr page now includes an image of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with pig ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his stomach. The image says Kim is “wanted” for “Threatening world peace with ICMBs and Nuclear weapons,” among other things. That same image now appears aindf.com, a South Korean political group with ties to North Korea.
Other images include a “We are Anonymous” logo and a pair of other photos with Guy Fawkes masks – a popular symbol among Anonymous hackers. North Korea’s Twitter feed links to several of the hacked pages.
According to a note on Pastebin, the hackers say they used “a few guys on the grounds who managed to bring the real internet into the country using a chain of long distance Wi-Fi repeaters with proprietary frequencies, so they’re not jammed (yet).” They also claim to have access to phone lines for dial-up access, with the goal of connecting the two networks. “As soon as the connections are stabilised and optimised, we gonna inject the kittens and porn into their network,” the note claims.
This same note still directs plenty of vitriol for the United States, accusing the country of “creating the next kind of Cuba crisis.” The note claims that Anonymous and citizens “are going to manage this the peaceful way.”
As The Next Web points out, Anonymous had previously claimed to have stolen 15,000 passwords from North Korea’s news and information site. It’s unclear whether that attack had any bearing on the other hacked accounts.
Jared Newman. PC World