Anonymous Attacks North Korea Twitter, Flickr Pages

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North Korea has been dominating news headlines of late after making threats against both the United States and South Korea. However, global 'hacktivist' organization Anonymous recently launched its own attack on the mysterious Asian nation.

Specifically, Anonymous has vandalized North Korea's official Twitter and Flickr sites. The hackers also reportedly bypassed the security of a North Korean book and music retailer as well as a national news and information page.

North Korea's Flickr Page Defaced

After the hack, North Korea's official Flickr page featured a picture of leader Kim Jong-un with a Mickey Mouse tattoo and pig ears. Along with the image was a statement indicating that Jong-un was wanted for "Threatening world peace with ICMBs and Nuclear weapons."

Also appearing on the North Korea Flickr page: a "We Are Anonymous" logo and a photo with the now-iconic Guy Fawkes mask. (Source:

Anonymous also appears to have hacked North Korea's Twitter account, since that account now provides visitors with links to Anonymous' customized Flickr images.

Taking to Pastebin, in a somewhat coherent statement Anonymous said that it employed "a few guys on the grounds who managed to bring the real Internet the country using a chain of long distance WiFi repeaters with proprietary frequencies, so they're not jammed (yet)." (Source:

"We also have access to some N.K. phone landlines which are connected to Kwangmyong through dial-ups," the hackers added. "Last missing peace of puzzle was to interconnect the two networks, which those guys finally managed to do."

Anonymous Also Critical of U.S.

However, it's important to note that Anonymous isn't seeking to defend the United States' government with this most recent activity. The organization also stated that it blames the U.S. for "creating the next kind of Cuba crisis" by provoking North Korea.

At the same time, while Anonymous says it believes it can "manage" the situation in a "peaceful way," it's hard to imagine such hacking activity helping the governments of the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea reach an agreement.

It's unclear if Anonymous' Flickr and Twitter activity resulted from a previous hack that reportedly involved the hacktivist organization stealing 15,000 passwords from North Korea's central news and information page.

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