The hacker collective Anonymous has managed to successfully hack into the Chinese-hosted North Korean news site Uriminzokkiri.com. The group walked away with 15,000 user records including user names, e-mail addresses, birth dates, and hashed passwords.
After announcing the hack, Anonymous displayed the personal information for six users, three from Korea and three from China. One of the users displayed is a worker for the Korea Electric Power Company.
The anonymous hackers responsible for the DPRK attack are protesting the North Korean regime and the US government. The hackers following the attack wrote: “North Korean government is increasingly becoming a threat to peace and freedom. Don’t misunderstand us: As well we disagree with the USA government too – these guys are crooks, USA is a threat to world peace too, and direct democracy (or any kind of democracy) doesn’t exist there. The American government is a target and enemy of Anonymous as well!” The activist claim that the attack has nothing to do with “country vs country.”
After vandalizing the hacked website, the hackers left a list of demands. They asked that Kim Jong-un be ousted from his position of power, that a free democracy be instituted in North Korea, and that the country’s citizens be given uncensored internet access.
The anonymous hacker also warned Kim Jong-un that he has gained access to the countries mail servers, web servers, and “local intranets.”
The unnamed hacker has not provided any evidence that backs up his claim of full North Korean technology intrusion.
Proving that North Korea has no security control over its networks, the attack was announced in advanced but was still 100 percent successful. The group behind the attacks have already announced new plans for April 19 and June 25.
It took North Korean and Chinese web experts 48 hours to return the hacked web property.