Uriminzzokiri Faces Anonymous Threat Claim

Park Seong Guk  |  2013-04-05 17:09
International hacking group ‘Anonymous’ says it has obtained a list of the members of the North Korean propaganda website ‘Uriminzzokiri’. The South Korean police, as well as conservative netizens, have launched investigations into some of those registered at domestic e-mail addresses.

An official with the police revealed on the 5th, “We have the list and are looking closely at it to see whether South Koreans really did subscribe to the website and what activities they were involved in.”

He continued, “We will investigate whether they praised North Korea or sympathized with North Korean claims. It could also be a problem that they even subscribed to an enemy or anti-state organization, but we are now figuring out how deeply to investigate the case.”

‘Anonymous’, in an April 2nd post entitled “An anonymously written note”, stated that they had hacked not only the Uriminzzokiri site to obtain the data on its 15,000 members, but also the North Korean intranet.

Releasing a modest amount of the data it claims to hold, the group claimed, “Enjoy these few records as a proof of our access to your systems (random innocent citizens, collateral damage, because they were stupid enough to choose idiot passwords), we got all over 15k membership records of www.uriminzokkiri.com and many more. First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship ‘government.’”

The partial list that was subsequently released contained user IDs, passwords, names, email addresses and dates of birth. There were a number of e-mail addresses linked to domestic portal sites on the list.

An extremely conservative online community called ‘Daily Best’ has already started to try and figure out who the registered users are, asserting that it includes members of South Korea’s left wing Unified Progressive Party and the Korean Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union.

Meanwhile, an official from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service commented, “Nothing has been confirmed as yet, and we are currently in the middle of the investigation. If [such progressive figures] had joined and were involved in activities then it would be a violation of the National Security Law, but just being a member is also a violation of the law.”

North Korea has not responded to the hacking case, while there is widespread doubt as to whether Anonymous would have been able to enter the isolated North Korean intranet system, 'Kwangmyong'.
 
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