Anonymous Attacks North Korea

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Anonymous Attacks North Korea

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Anonymous claims it has hacked and vandalized social networks and other sites in the Hermit Kingdom.

The amorphous internet collective Anonymous claims to have struck a blow against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, better known to the world at large as North Korea. As you may be aware, Kim Jong-un's regime has been rattling its sabers rather loudly, blocking South Korean access to a shared North/South industrial complex and threatening the U.S. with a nuclear attack, which it seems more capable than ever of actually carrying out.

It's a sticky wicket for diplomats, but for Anonymous it's a chance to do a solid for democracy - or at the very least, to stir up trouble with little likelihood of repercussion. The group has claimed attacks on the news site Uriminzokkiri, which was still offline at the time of writing, and Twitter and Flickr accounts run by the regime were also compromised. An image of Kim sporting a pig's snout and ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his belly appeared on the Flickr account for awhile, but has since been removed; the Twitter account remains a mess, however, with links to hacked sites and an avatar featuring two people dancing and the words, "Tango down." The group also claimed to have accessed 15,000 user names and passwords from the agency's database.

In a "message to North Korea," Anonymous claimed ongoing enmity with the government of the United States but stated that this matter "is not about country vs. country - This is about we, the people, the 99% (of USA and of North Korea) vs oppressing and violent regimes (like USA gov. and N.K. gov)!"

The message includes demands that North Korea stop making nuclear weapons and issuing threats to use them, and that Kim resign and install a "free direct democracy." It also calls for uncensored internet access for all citizens.

"To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring these motherfuckers of a oppressive government down!" the message states. "We are holding your back and your hand, while you take the journey to freedom, democracy and peace. You are not alone. Don't fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the other Anons are here to set you free."

It's fairly standard Anonymous fare (including the dire need for a copy editor) but it's an interesting situation to watch because there's virtually nothing impeding its attacks against the North Korean state. If Anonymous can disrupt the regime's activities at any level, I can't imagine the U.S. having much interest in stopping it, which potentially gives Anon a near-limitless laboratory/playground in which to do its thing.

The North Korean army has warned the U.S. that it has been given official clearance to launch a nuclear strike against it, saying that "the moment of explosion is approaching fast" and that war could break out "today or tomorrow."

Source: National Post, Al Jazeera

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North Korea has computers advanced enough to connect to the internet?!

Genocidicles:
North Korea has computers advanced enough to connect to the internet?!

Even better question: They can be accessed from outside of North Korea?

Well, now I don't know who to root for, but this sure was funny.

My bets is on this little attack doing absolutely nothing.

I'm sure this will wake the whole government of NK up and not add to tensions one little bit.

Anonymous! Setting in motion events that will lead to the death of millions of innocent South Koreans!

...would someone remind me why people support these guys?

Anonymous, please, please, please don't trigger a global thermonuclear war!

ElektroNeko:

Genocidicles:
North Korea has computers advanced enough to connect to the internet?!

Even better question: They can be accessed from outside of North Korea?

I'm sure they have computers in the capital somewhere where the people in charge of the propaganda create it and spread it to the outside world. The rest of the country, however, doesn't even reliably have electricity, let alone internet.

Incidentally, I can't be the only one who thought that in a weird way, this plays into North Korea's hands -- Anonymous called the US an oppressive government, which is exactly what North Koreans are told it is. I'm picturing a new video now talking about anonymous freedom fighters standing up against their oprressive government, with the parts about North Korea also being oppressive being conveniently left out. I saw one of their propaganda videos the other day that claimed the only thing Americans have to eat is coffee made out of melted snow, wild pigeons/whatever other birds you might find in a city (which are rare, because we've eaten most of them), and whatever food North Korea sends our way. I wish I was making this up.

Daverson:
Anonymous! Setting in motion events that will lead to the death of millions of innocent South Koreans!

...would someone remind me why people support these guys?

You... do realise that North Korea has about 5 computers in the whole fucking country... I doubt many N. Korean citizens even know about this, than alone actually saw the message.

Yeah... kinda don't think this was a good idea. There's already on a razor's edge, do they really need a bunch of first-worlders saying they have similar issues?

Are you trying to cause an international incident, Anonymous? There are nukes at stake here, and you're doing nothing but giving the NK a crap excuse to start a possibly-nuclear war. Do you really think that that Kim will look at this and honestly go "Welp, better give up now. Somebody on the interwebz is DDOSing a website of ours. I'm screwed"?

Even if most North Koreans have computers or internet access (not sure)... why would you make the message in English?
I very much doubt they teach a lot of English in NK.

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And the very next day north korea launched it's missiles causing America and it allies to go to war leading to an all out battle when china support's north korea due to being afraid of American solider so close by >_<

If North Korea ever detonates a Nuke against the USA or South Korea, it will cease to exist as a country. I can't imagine them having that many Nukes, retaliation would be immediate and that would be it.

Throwing rocks at the hornet's nest again, eh Anonymous?
Not sure what defacing their social networks will accomplish...

Incidentally: If North Korea fires one nuke, anywhere, whether it hits or not, North Korea will cease to exist within the year.

Really? Telling the North Koreans to rise up because anonymous will support them? Even more full of themselves than usual.

Some of you fail to understand that while N Korea may believe and think it's in the right to make demands and threats with big words but in reality they could be squashed like a mere bug compared to the military the rest of the world has and our allies along with all the nukes we have that actually work.

And besides I'm pretty sure N Korea want the US to acknowledge their actual existence rather than be ignored forever and treated as such, but yeah they are ants compared to other country firepower.

Atmos Duality:
Throwing rocks at the hornet's nest again, eh Anonymous?
Not sure what defacing their social networks will accomplish...

Incidentally: If North Korea fires one nuke, anywhere, whether it hits or not, North Korea will cease to exist within the year.

I think that may be what Anon has in mind, push them until they make a mistake (though Anon's methods may not mean much to the NK government). NK has positioned a medium range ballistic missile on the coast that has the capability to hit SK or japan. The US has been hurrying to deploy missile defense systems near those countries. Even if NK fires something off I don't believe we'll see it do any major damage. Then they will have to deal with repercussions like China potentially dropping support of the country, not to mention the Russian government is getting antsy about the whole situation. If NK makes that mistake, I believe the retribution from all sides will be swift and severe.

captcha: take care

Don't worry captcha, I've got the bunker ready.

AC10:
Even if most North Koreans have computers or internet access (not sure)... why would you make the message in English?
I very much doubt they teach a lot of English in NK.

That was my thought as well, kinda makes it seem more like Anonymous are showing off to Americans rather than actually trying to accomplish anything. Ho-Hum.

Also, calling USA government oppressive might be fine in normal political shouting matches, but doing it in the same sentence as the North Korean Government. Kinda baffling, like talking about the danger of a shotgun in a debate on nukes.

The moral equivalency and egotism shown here is staggering. I'd say their at least attacking a worth while target for a change, but the attempt is so off the mark and misguided that I can't really even say that.

And the world went right on spinning. ~_~

mattttherman3:
If North Korea ever detonates a Nuke against the USA or South Korea, it will cease to exist as a country. I can't imagine them having that many Nukes, retaliation would be immediate and that would be it.

Why the fuck do we have to wait for them to nuke us? We've already had one pre-emptive war that has killed far more people than either of the atomic bombs we dropped on Japan. And you can't tell me the fallout from Iraq won't continue to poison that country's inhabitants for generations. All it takes is one city gone and all the rest of the country will be allowed to eat the crops they grow. Should have put a stop to this joke of a nation long before they developed nuclear weapons. But no, we had to go and recognize the main Chinese government and give them all our manufacturing jobs because it's too fucking inconvenient to give people a living wage in first world countries.

When I witness asshole-to-asshole combat, I hope both sides can lose equally. Like with World War II, I'm tempted to go by who has the lesser body count, which means I'd root for Anonymous. ...Then again, when it came down to Communist Russia and Nazi Germany, I'd be rooting for the Germans. Oh well.

They are just saber rattling, since he is the new kid on the block hes trying to be a big man and show he wont be pushed around, n korea doesn't have the tech to launch a real attack against anyone, they would be counting entirely on china having their back and if they did something really stupid like try and launch a nuke, I doubt china would want to put its hat into that ring. Everyone forgets that china gets most of its food from the US, we go to war, they starve rather quickly.

Andy Chalk:
threatening the U.S. with a nuclear attack, which it seems more capable than ever of actually carrying out.

A bit sensationalist there, it is more capable than it used to be yes, but it is still nowhere near capable of an attack on the US.

Their weapon is nowhere near sophisticated enough to fit or be carried by a missile, nor is it likely to survive the acceleration forces. Assuming they could missile mount it the US has the capability to shoot down any endoatmospheric missile so it would have to be exoatmospheric missile and the people's republic does not have the technology for this. Even if it it had exoatmospheric missiles they have to get out of the atmosphere before the US can shoot it down, from a fixed, known position this would be almost impossible. So they'd need a hidden, unknown position to successfully launch a exothermic missile from to ensure it remains as unlikely to be intercepted as possible, like say a sub. Now I would suggest if North Korea already had all these things we'd know about it. I don't really see North Korea possessing all this.

The other conventional delivery mechanism would be a heavy bomber and how would we rate their chances against a few F22s in that situation?

Building a nuclear bomb is relatively easy, the hard part is delivering it.

Huh, and to think I used to like what these guys did... That was until I realized they're idiots and are making so many things worse. Now there's this. Great, more reason to piss North Korea off >.> The nuclear threats thing is already iffy enough as it is, do we need Anons throwing their hat into the ring?

Boy that must of been easy for them to hacked! Still do they really have to troll them as I wouldn't want to mess a nation with nukes even when the nation is backward to the rest of the world.

DVS BSTrD:
And the world went right on spinning. ~_~

mattttherman3:
If North Korea ever detonates a Nuke against the USA or South Korea, it will cease to exist as a country. I can't imagine them having that many Nukes, retaliation would be immediate and that would be it.

Why the fuck do we have to wait for them to nuke us? We've already had one pre-emptive war that has killed far more people than either of the atomic bombs we dropped on Japan. And you can't tell me the fallout from Iraq won't continue to poison that country's inhabitants for generations. All it takes is one city gone and all the rest of the country will be allowed to eat the crops they grow. Should have put a stop to this joke of a nation long before they developed nuclear weapons. But no, we had to go and recognize the main Chinese government and give them all our manufacturing jobs because it's too fucking inconvenient to give people a living wage in first world countries.

Actually, under normal circumstances, we (America) would have already started fighting with N.Korea. The problem though is unless they attack first, we risk a big incident with China. Overall we're kinda hoping that Korea tries something, fails, and we get China to say "Have at it." so we can just deal with them and not have the big threat to worry about. We really don't wanna have to fight China (Actual military, lotta canon fodder, good bit of our stuff comes from there, etc.)

$1M for the leader of a nuclear-armed nation, a member of regimes that (in the past) got millions killed? He's probably worth like $250M, given that the US offered $25M for Bin Laden.

I'm baffled as to why we're just sitting around waiting for them to throw the first punch.

ElektroNeko:

Genocidicles:
North Korea has computers advanced enough to connect to the internet?!

Even better question: They can be accessed from outside of North Korea?

If that's the case don't be suprised when Annon hacks the nuke launch controls and re-directs it towards EA HQ

Daverson:
Anonymous! Setting in motion events that will lead to the death of millions of innocent South Koreans!

...would someone remind me why people support these guys?

The world needs a little chaos, chaos is what makes things fun.

Mumorpuger:
I'm baffled as to why we're just sitting around waiting for them to throw the first punch.

because they are incapable of throwing a nuclear "first punch". They are saber rattling and if they decide to invade the south it wont take long to sort out.

Church185:

I think that may be what Anon has in mind, push them until they make a mistake (though Anon's methods may not mean much to the NK government). NK has positioned a medium range ballistic missile on the coast that has the capability to hit SK or japan. The US has been hurrying to deploy missile defense systems near those countries. Even if NK fires something off I don't believe we'll see it do any major damage. Then they will have to deal with repercussions like China potentially dropping support of the country, not to mention the Russian government is getting antsy about the whole situation. If NK makes that mistake, I believe the retribution from all sides will be swift and severe.

captcha: take care

Don't worry captcha, I've got the bunker ready.

Actually the missile they are moving to the coast has the range to hit Guam. Japan and RoK are both within range of DPRK's short range missiles. They are not believed to have many medium range missiles but there are around 1000 short range missiles. There is no missile defence capable of defending against that many launches. They also have around 2000 artillery pieces within range of Seoul. They also have the worlds 3rd largest arsenal of chemical weapons, all of which deliverable by artillery and missile. Retribution from all sides will be swift and severe, but its far from sure that the North understands this. In 2010 the north torpedoed and sank a south korean corvette killing 46 sailors and then shelled a south korean island killing another 4 people. These are not the acts of a rational government, because this kind of action can rapidly go out of control. In 2010 the South did chose to retaliate for the sinking of the ship, but the new south korean president has already stated that she would. Its very likely that she would, because her mother, who south korea's 1st lady at the time, was assassinated by the north in 1974.

Mumorpuger:
I'm baffled as to why we're just sitting around waiting for them to throw the first punch.

Because of just war theory. There's nothing they can do that will make it through "Star Wars" or whatever our missle defense system in the pacific is called nowadays and once we deflect an attack we can move in with the support of pretty much everyone.

Maybe we also don't want to invade North Korea. Do they even have any oil?

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