By Katie Nelson
The loose, sprawling collective of hackers, hacktivists, and hangers-on, Anonymous, is now targeting North Korea. The group claims to have infiltrated North Korean web servers as well as Uriminzokkiri.com, a China-based North Korean propaganda site. In a statement directed against DPRK head honcho and Dennis Rodman BFF Kim Jong-un, Anonymous warned, “First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship ‘government'”.
Anonymous’s statement claims that hackers have penetrated the North Korean intranet service Kwangmoyng, as well as local mail and web servers. They have also allegedly stolen records from over 15,000 user accounts on Uriminzokkiri.com, a DPRK propaganda and news-gathering site located in China.
The hackers are threatening to use information acquired against the government should it not acquiesce to a few simple demands, and is also urging North Korean citizens to revolt.
North Korean government to stop making nukes and nuke-threats
Kim Jong-un to resign
It’s time to install a free direct democracy in North Korea
Uncensored internet access for all the citizens!
To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring these motherfuckers of a oppressive government down!
Experts are saying that is is highly unlikely Anonymous has actually gained access to Kwangmyong, a North Korean government-run intranet that is completely disconnected from the global internet. According to Tech in Asia:
Accessing Kwangmyong is not theoretically impossible; it might be accomplished by slipping some code past the censors who scan and scrub content from the world wide web before re-posting it to Kwangmyong. It also might be possible to infect the computers of North Korean officials who are privileged enough to have access to the “real” internet in addition to Kwangmyong (such access is not common and virtually unheard of for ordinary citizens).
Whether or not Anonymous is bluffing in this case, the hactivist group has carried out similarly ‘impossible’ feats in the past. According to an NBC report:
Over the last few years, Anonymous has claimed responsibility for many attacks on government and corporate sites in the U.S., as well as in other countries. In the U.S., Anonymous said it was behind a recent attack on an internal Federal Reserve website, which resulted in the group obtaining the personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web.