April 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM ET
Hacking group Anonymous continued its assault on one of North Korea's propaganda websites by taking over the site's Twitter and Flickr accounts, two days after saying it obtained 15,000 user records from the site.
The state-run website, Uriminzokkiri.com, could not be accessed early Thursday, and it's unclear whether the North Korean government took down the site or whether it was unavailable because of a denial-of-service attack by Anonymous or another group.
As well as putting its own stamp on the Twitter and Flickr sites, the group added a illustration showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with a pig nose and ears, as "wanted." The Flickr page was restored to its original content, but here is a cached photo of what the top of Uriminzokkiri's page looked like:
"The hack and the poster will likely be deeply embarrassing for the people running Uriminzokkiri and could land them in serious trouble with the authorities in Pyongyang," wrote Martyn Williams of North Korea Tech, which covers information technology in North Korea.
He noted that in early 2011, Uriminzokkiri's Twitter channel was hacked and was "used to send out messages disparaging then-leader Kim Jong Il. It also carried a link to a YouTube that showed Kim Jong Un driving a sports car filled with birthday gifts while mowing down pedestrians."
While those outside North Korea will be able to see the recent handiwork, the people of North Korea won't. Internet access to North Korea's 24 million people is extremely limited, mainly to government and military officials.
— Via Kotaku