Anonymous again hacks into North Korean Web sites

The "hacktivist" group has hacked its way into a North Korean news site for the second time this month.

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Anonymous is once again trying to raise the hackles of North Korea by hacking into one of the country's official news sites.

For the second time this month, the North Korean news and information site Uriminzokkiri.com has been taken down. Trying to access the site today delivers an eventual timeout error. In the official Twitter account for Uriminzokkiri, which Anonymous took over earlier this month, the group tweeted that "more of North Korean websites are in our hand. They will be brought down."

North Korean Web sites minjok.com, jajusasang.com, and paekdu-hanna.com had also been compromised by Anonymous to display images mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But minjok.com and paekdu-hanna.com are now inaccessible, while jajusasang.com appears to be back to its usual state.

In early April, Anonymous gained control of the North Korean Twitter feed. Since then, the links in many of the tweets point to the images poking fun at Kim Jong-un and condemning him for "threatening world peace with ICBMs and nuclear weapons" and "wasting money while his people starve."

The group hacked into North Korea's Flickr account earlier this month, but the page now displays a message that "this member is no longer active on Flickr." In a posting on Pastebin on April 3, Anonymous also claimed credit for stealing account information from Uriminzokkiri.com and described how it snuck its way into Kwangmyong, North Korea's countrywide Intranet.

A week ago, Anonymous threatened more cyberattacks, tweeting: "OpNorthKorea is still to come. Another round of attack on N. Korea will begin soon."

What's the goal behind Anonymous' attacks, other than to tweak the nose of North Korea?

In a separate Pastebin post, the group said it wants the government to stop making "nukes and nuke-threats." It also wants Kim Jong-un to resign, North Korea to set up a democracy, and the country to allow uncensored Internet access for its citizens.

So far, though, the North Korean government doesn't seem to be swayed by Anonymous' actions.

North Korea has become even more bellicose as of late, triggered tension around the world by threatening to launch missiles against South Korea, Japan, and even the U.S.

(Via The Next Web)