Anonymous has attacked several North Korean websites in a continued effort to disrupt their online presence in protest of continued nuclear arms testing.
The hacktivist group Anonymous attacked five North Korean propaganda sites yesterday, on the 101st birthday of the nation’s founder, Kim Il-Sung; a day which is celebrated in North Korea as the day of the sun. The attacks focused on Uriminzokkiri, North Korea’s main news and propaganda site. Anonymous made off with the personal information of 15,000 registered members on the website, which it released to the public. South Korea is technically still at war with the north, and local law enforcement have thus decided to probe the list of names in hopes of finding out if any South Korean members have broken domestic laws. If that is the case, they could be charged with aiding the enemy.
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Other sites involved in the attack are English news site Minjok Tongshin, Paekdu-Hanna.com, jajusasang.com and an image and video hosting site called Ryungyong Clip. Furthermore, a South Korean member of Anonymous has stated that the collapse of the entire North Korean network system is near, though he didn’t clarify or elaborate on this.
This attack isn’t the first time Anonymous has gone after North Korea. Earlier in the month, they claim to have crashed several North Korean websites in protest of the nation’s continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Despite warnings by the global community, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on February 12th. The test involved the detonation of an explosive ordinance underground, which registered as a 4.9 on the Richter scale. So far, it is undetermined if the blast actually was nuclear in nature, or simply conventional explosives meant to mimic a nuke.