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Anonymous Breaches North Korea's Intranet, Pledges to Flood it with Kittens

BY Julia Wetherell | Thursday, April 4 2013

A wanted poster for Kim Jong Un at AINDF.com.

As North Korea’s nuclear rhetoric continues to escalate, last night hackers claiming to be from the group Anonymous broke through to the nation’s cloistered intranet, hacking into government Twitter and Flickr accounts and several websites. 

Hackers laid claim to the country’s official Twitter feed, @Uriminzok, early on April 4, tweeting subsequent announcements of other sites that had been infiltrated.  These included an online book retailer, Ryomyong.com, and a propaganda site, Uriminzokkiri.com.  Most of these sites appear to be inaccessible now, which The Next Web has speculated may be the result of a DDoS attack apart from the hack. 

One hacked site that appears to still be online is the official page for the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, a DPRK-sympathizing political party based in South Korea and effectively banned by the government there.  The site now features a banner image of a “wanted” sign for a pig-faced Kim Jong Un (also seen above). 

The state’s official Flickr page was also targeted, though only a handful of Anonymous images appear to have been uploaded. The hack comes a few days after Anonymous claimed to have stolen 15,000 passwords to the Uriminzokkiri site, which is based in China. 

North Korea's intranet is accessible only to a small portion of the country's population, with government restrictions likely keeping millions of citizens from getting online. In a Pastebin manifesto describing their motivations and methods, Anonymous explained for the benefit of “tech blogs and media” that the reason they’ve been able to access these sites is because they have people working inside the DPRK:

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 [the nation-wide intranet] through dial-ups…

As soon as the connections are stabilized and optimized, we gonna [sic] inject the kittens and porn into their network...

Considering that meme culture is already rife with images of Kim Jong Un, this might make the North Korean intranet look a little more like the online landscape in the rest of the world. 

Anonymous has vowed further infiltration of the country’s network, with significant hacks planned for later this month and in June.

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