C. Custer
C. Custer
9:30 am on Jun 26, 2013

op-north-koreaI guess this is what they call collateral damage. After hacker collective Anonymous’s long-awaited June 25 hack attack on North Korea, North Korea Tech has been busy picking up the pieces, and things look ugly. The full post is really worth a read, but here’s a short summary of what apparently happened:

Things started off on a particularly bad note when Anonymous accidentally hacked itself, apparently as the result of a misunderstanding about the nature of one of Anonymous Korea’s websites:

 

Then, as the attack commenced and North Korean websites started going down, it turned out someone had hacked Blue House, the website of South Korea’s president. An Anonymous Korea member claims Anonymous didn’t do that, but of course since the collective really is anonymous, there’s no way to be sure.

 

A number of official North Korean sites were taken down — many of them have since been restored — but Anonymous also hacked the websites of a number of random Chinese cities and towns for some reason, adding a velociraptor meme to each on a page called home.html that no one is likely to see because it’s not linked on the cities’ actual home pages.

At the risk of incurring the wrath of the hacker collective, I must say that while I’m personally in favor of increased transparency from all governments, I’m not all that impressed by the mass website defacement that seems to be the group’s raison d’etre these days. As is generally the case, there’s an XKCD strip that explains this better than I could (just substitute “North Korea” for “CIA”):

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Of course, Anonymous has also said that it has hacked into North Korea’s intranet and stolen military documents, but the evidence of that remains to be seen. The hackers also claim to have secured member lists and information for the China-based North Korean propaganda group Uriminzokkiri and have promised to publish the data via Wikileaks but, again, it isn’t actually available yet as far as I can tell.

(via North Korea Tech)


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  • MARTIN S

    I AM A DISAPPOINTED HUMAN BEING. THIS IS MY FIRST POST EVER. ARE WE ALL EGO MANIAC RACISTS. .TERRORISM ISNT JUST HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME HACKING PHISHING AND IDENTITY THEFT MAKE YOU ARE AS BAD AS ISIL. INSANITY AND GENIUS WHICH WAY DOES YOUR SWITCH GO. I AM CERTAINLY NOT AS SMART AS YOU, BUT EVEN I CAN SEE YOU GO BOTH WAYS.. THINK ABOUT NOT BEING A HERO BUT BEING A HUMAN BEING AND SEE WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE, POWER IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. MONEY IS JUST THE TOOL. YOU ARE BEING USED AND YOU THINK WHEN YOU HACK YOU ARE IMPORTANT BUT REALLY YOU A DISEASE TO US ALL. WAR MONGER ARE YA. OR ARE YA JUST A BITCH.

    • Avalanche5150

      Using the Interwebs lesson 101: Don’t post in all caps. By doing so makes everybody wonder “When the fuck did Leapfrog start having internet access”!?

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