Mocking an autocrat

Hacking>>Politics • North Korea

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageComputer hackers infiltrated North Korea’s official news website and its Twitter and Flickr feeds, posting unflattering images of leader Kim Jong-un. Hackers targeted the China-based website Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from North Korea’s state media.

They blocked access to the site and its companion feeds were attacked and defaced. On Twitter, the Uriminzokkiri account’s profile photo was changed to one of a couple dancing the Tango, and a series of tweets read “Hacked” and “Tango Down”. The male dancer was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, a trademark of the Anonymous hacktivist group.

The website’s Flickr page showed a number of images, including a mock-up “Wanted” poster featuring Kim with a pig’s nose and ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his chest.

Uriminzokkiri is best known for posting propaganda videos excoriating the US and including images like the White House framed in the crosshairs of a sniper’s rifle sight.

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