Anonymous hacks North Korean Twitter, Flickr accounts

The hacking group Anonymous appears to have successfully taken over several North Korean social media accounts and websites.


Twitter and Flickr accounts on the North Korean Uriminzokkiri, a website of the country's state-run news agency, appeared to have been hacked Thursday.

The Flickr account had posted several photos that would not have been approved by the North Korean government, including one that read “tango down” and another depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a pig on a “wanted” poster.

“Kim Jong Un,” the message under the image said, “threatening world peace with ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] and nuclear weapons, wasting money while his people starve to death.”

The most recent photo uploaded to the Flickr account states: “We are Anonymous.”

The North Korean Twitter account had posted multiple messages Thursday that said “hacked” and linked to the wanted poster and “tango down” photos.

Anonymous apparently also has shut down the main Uriminzokkiri website.

A group claiming to be part of Anonymous said in a statement posted online Wednesday that it had hacked 15,000 membership records from Uriminzokkiri and was threatening to wipe the data.

The statement called for North Korea to stop making nuclear weapons, to install a direct democracy and for Kim to resign.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have escalated in recent days as North Korea threatened nuclear attacks against the United States and South Korea.

The North Korean army on Wednesday said it had been given approval for a nuclear strike against the U.S., although Pyongyang has not demonstrated it has the capability for a nuclear weapon to reach U.S. soil.