In its latest cyber assault, the Anonymous collective
has reportedly broken into the Chinese-hosted North Korean news site Uriminzokkiri.com
and pilfered 15,000 user records -- including user names, email addresses, birthdates and hashed passwords. To prove the intrusion, the group has included details for six users, including three North Koreans, and three people from China. One of the identified Korean users had an email address from the Korea Electric Power Company.
The hacker responsible for the attack posted a protest against the North Korean regime as well as the US government, saying in part that "the 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 claims that the attack has nothing to do with "country vs. country."
A series of demands were posted on the vandalized site, demanding the ouster of Kim Jong-Un, a free democracy instituted in North Korea, and uncensored internet access. Directly addressing the North Korean leader, the hacker claims to be inside the country's mail servers, web servers, and is "inside your local intranets." No evidence was presented that the group actually has access to any North Korean Internet or internal networks.
The weekend's attack was scheduled in advance. Access to North Korean websites has been gradually restored over the last 48 hours. The group has planned more attacks for April 19 and June 25 on North Korean interests.