The hacker group Anonymous took over the Twitter and Flickr feeds of North Korea’s central news agency, Uriminzokkiri, early on April 4. The websites are normally used to post patriotic photos of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting important people. The hacktivist group uploaded several photos to the agencies Flickr page. They also announced— to the more than 13,000 followers of @uriminzok—that the website Uriminzokkiri.com had been hacked. Links on the Twitter feed directed users to the Flickr account where Anonymous left some trademark calling cards.
One of the photos uploaded to the Flickr account shows Kim’s face with a pig snout, ears and a tattoo of Mickey Mouse.
The Twitter for the new agency now looks more like this:
The group claimed responsibility for the hacks and also said that they were able to acquire about 15,000 user records from Uriminzokkiri.com, which remains offline. Anonymous posted responsibility for the hacks on Pastebin yesterday along with a list of demands. The collective also addressed how they were able to gain acces into the N.K. 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. Last missing peace of puzzle was to interconnect the two networks, which those guys finally managed to do."
Here is a a partial list of the demands Anonymous has made, the full list can be read here:
Hello, citizens of the world.
We are Anonymous
North Korean government is increasingly becoming a threat to peace and freedom.
Don't misunderstand us: As well we disagree with the USA government too - these guys are crooks, USA is a threat to world peace too, and direct democracy (or any kind of democracy) doesn't exist there. The American government is a target and enemy of Anonymous as well!
This is not about country vs country - This is about we, the people, the 99% (of USA and of North Korea) vs oppressing and violent regimes (like USA gov. and N.K. gov)!
We, the people, are gathering together because we are stronger now and we won't fight your wars anymore, we won't eat your shit anymore!!!
Here are some other photos uploaded to the Flickr account: