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LOS ANGELES – North Korea’s state-controlled website Uriminzokkiri has posted a cartoon entitled ‘Accomplices’ that responds to widespread hacking incidents against national web assets earlier this month.
Posted April 28, the cartoon shows two people sitting in front of a computer being attacked by someone hiding in the screen.
“You bastards! How dare you sully me with this hacking,” a hidden–presumably North Korean–person says. A person shown to be from hacking group Anonymous Korea responds, ”Oh no! I just did as this guy told me…”
The person standing behind the Anonymous Korea representative is shown to be from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). He is pictured dropping papers that include a list of people who have signed up to North Korea’s Uriminzokkiri website and another list of “North Korea sympathizers.”
Hands emerge from the computer, pulling on the Anonymous representative’s nose and the NIS representative’s hair as punishment for the hacking.
Nebulous hacking group offshoot ‘Anonymous Korea’ were behind a number of targeted attacks on DPRK web assets in recent weeks, frequently referring to them as part of an initiative called #OpNorthKorea.
The North Korean cartoon portrays the hacking incident, which took several DPRK websites offline for days, as having been planned by the South Korean government. This was the second time North Korea has blamed Seoul for the attacks.
On April 20 North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) also blamed the South Korean government for coordinating the Anonymous Korea attacks. The CPRK said that the attacks – which also included taking over official Twitter and Flickr accounts and posting unflattering pictures of Kim Jong Un – were vicious slanders that the South Korean government had pushed the international hacktivist group into doing.
Amid recent tensions the two Koreas have both suffered widespread and repeated cyber attacks. While the attacks against South Korean have calmed down in recent weeks, DPRK state news outlet KCNA is still enduring frequent denial of service attacks (DDoS).
Picture Credit: Uriminzokkiri