The official North Korean “Uriminzokkiri” Twitter and Flickr accounts have been hijacked and defaced by groups that claim to be a part of the online hacking activism collective Anonymous. Both of these accounts are managed by the Government of North Korea.
The reason behind these attacks seems to be the retaliation to North Korea’s most recent threat to attack the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons.
Here’s a screenshot of the hacked Twitter and Flickr account. At the time of writing this post, the Twitter account had 14,325 followers. The first tweet after the hack was sent at 22:45 PDT on Wednesday:
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 hack follows last week’s attack on North Korean news site Uriminzokkiri.com, where the hackers, a part of the ‘hacktivist’ collective, have stolen nearly 15,000 passwords.
Although the hacks are far less entertaining, what’s surprising to me is that nearly eight hours after the accounts being hacked, the government has still not reacted to regain access and delete the tweets posted by the hacker. Having said that, I really doubt if the government will even try to get back its accounts from Anonymous. Even more surprising is that neither Yahoo nor Twitter has helped regain them the accounts back.
The hackers also claim to have hacked Uriminzokkiri.com. The site has currently gone offline, however, what we believe that it could be down to a DDoS attack rather than a hack.