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N. Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tension

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:47 a.m. HST, Apr 04, 2013

SEOUL » Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday (Wednesday in Hawaii), as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula.

The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North's leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials.

Instead, a picture posted Thursday on the North's Flickr site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death."

Another posting says "We are Anonymous" in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is a name of a hacker activist group. A statement purporting to come from the attackers and widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on Uriminzokkiri.com and other websites. The authenticity of the statement couldn't be confirmed, but the North's official website did not open Thursday.

Tweets on the North's Twitter account said "Hacked" followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. One tweet said "Tango Down" followed by a link to the North's Flickr page.

North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010. It has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses the social media to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Tensions have been high in recent days between North and South Korea, and the North's military warned Thursday that it had been authorized to attack the U.S. North Korea is angry about sanctions against its nuclear program and joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.


The North Korean government on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/uriminzok

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jess wrote:
I have come to love Anonymous. They are doing great things with their hacktivism.
on April 4,2013 | 08:01AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The entire nation has only 13,000 followers? That's hilarious. I know some cats that have more followers. In fact, I think a can of Spam attracted 14,000.
on April 4,2013 | 08:29AM
IAmSane wrote:
We are legiooooooooooooonnnnnnn.
on April 4,2013 | 08:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
North Korea has a population of approximately 24 ½ million people and only 13,000 have computer access? What do the rest of the population do.....dream on a hot meal?
on April 4,2013 | 10:34AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
The US prevents companies from doing business with North Korea. Does this not apply to free internet accounts? Just trying to figure out why they even have twitter and flickr accounts...
on April 4,2013 | 02:03PM
IAmSane wrote:
Because anyone with an Internet access can start an account...
on April 4,2013 | 10:50PM
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