Social Media Accounts Hacked in North Korea

Fri 5 April 2013 16:48, Seema Sanghavi

If you’ve been following the news lately on North Korea, you're probably well aware of sanctions against the country’s nuclear program and let's not forget about the seemingly growing issues with the United States. However, some of the latest news about the country is a bit different. Recent news on indicates that at least two of North Korea’s government-run online sites have been hacked. According to BBC News, although a highly secretive nation, North Korea puts considerable effort in to having a strong presence online. Various social media accounts attached to the regime post news items and propaganda videos on a regular basis.

Social Media Accounts Hacked in North Korea

According to, the North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped posting content typical of the regime such as photos of Kim Jong-un meeting with military officials. Instead of typical images, a picture posted on the North's Flickr reportedly shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reportedly reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death."

According to the BBC, the hacking collective Anonymous has said it is the one hacking and vandalising social networking profiles linked to North Korea. A statement that supposedly came from the attackers that is widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on and other websites. According to, the authenticity of the statement couldn't be confirmed, but the North's official website did not open today.


Reported on, tweets on the North's Twitter account said "Hacked" followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. According to, North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010 and it reportedly has more than 13,000 followers. According to the article, the country uses Twitter to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Also reportedly unreachable yesterday was the website of Air Koryo, the country's airline. As reported on, similar to the main Urminzokkiri homepage, it is suspected the Air Koryo site has been hit with a Distributed Denial of Service attack - a technique which involves flooding a website with too much traffic for it to handle.


To me it is surprising that a country with so much secrecy, so many user records have been leaked. It seems like so much happens in this country that is not known. Do you have any ideas how this could have happened?






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