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North Korea's Twitter, Flickr accounts hacked; Anonymous speaks up

April 04, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was portrayed as a pig in an image pushed out by the country's official Flickr account. Hackers are believed to have hijacked the account.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was portrayed as a pig in an image pushed out… (Associated Press )

As North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and South Korea with war rhetoric, hackers have taken over the country's social media accounts and many of its websites.

North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts began pushing content Thursday that is unlike what the two social media accounts normally do, making it appear that the North Korean social media accounts had been compromised.

That was followed by Anonymous, a decentralized hacker group, taking responsibility for hijacking the accounts. North Korea's Twitter account appears to still be compromised, but the Flickr account now seems back to normal.

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Earlier, the Flickr account was used to push out images that mocked the country. One picture depicted Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, as having a pig snout and pig ears.

The Twitter account, meanwhile, has been used to post links to North Korea websites that the account claims have been hacked. Among them were Uriminzokkiri.com, a state-controlled news site, which is currently offline.

The hacker group also claimed to have gained access to North Korea's intranet known as Kwangmyong, but many experts believe that's not true. Kwangmyong is not believed to be connected to the Internet, so hacking through the Internet is unlikely.

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