April 4, 2013
Anonymous Hacks Into North Korean Social Network
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
The hacking group Anonymous is flexing its guns and getting involved in the North Korean controversy. On Thursday, members of the hacktivist group began hacking and vandalizing social networking profiles linked to North Korea and even kicked a news site offline.
The group says it has accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database in a collective it calls "Operation Free Korea." Anonymous is calling for leader Kim Jong-un to step down, for a democratic government to be put into place, and for the people to have uncensored access to the Internet.
Anonymous wrote to Kim-Jong-un: "So you feel the need to create large nukes and threaten half the world with them? So you're into demonstrations of power?, here is ours: We are inside your local intranets (Kwangmyong and others); We are inside your mailservers; and We are inside your webservers. Enjoy these few records as a proof of our access to your systems (random innocent citizens, collateral damage, because they were stupid enough to choose idiot passwords), we got all over 15k membership records of www.uriminzokkiri.com and many more. First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship 'government'."
Anonymous claims Kim Jong-un is wanted for "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."
An image of Kim Jong-un was placed on a wanted sign poster with a "$1 million" reward at the bottom. The image has a picture of the North Korean leader, but with pig ears and a pig nose, as well as a Mickey Mouse tattoo.
About ten hours ago, Anonymous posted on Uriminzokkiri's twitter page "Hacked" and listed uriminzokkiri.com, uriminzokkiri.com/itv, ryugyongclip.com as some websites it has taken over. Since then, the group has also posted a North Korean flickr page and ournation-school.com as well.
The hacking group launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against several of the sites, shutting them down from being accessed.
"To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring these [mother-------] of a oppressive government down! We are holding your back and your hand, while you take the journey to freedom, democracy and peace. You are not alone. Don't fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the other Anons are here to set you free," the group wrote in its statement.
The blog North Korea Tech reported that Anonymous could be bluffing about the attacks. It pointed out that three of the names among the list of 15,000 membership records are Chinese, as well as four of the email addresses. It also says there are Hotmail addresses and one South Korean address.