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Anonymous takes over North Korea’s Twitter, Flickr accounts

The hacktivist collective taunted Kim Jong-un by taking over North Korea's official social media presence.


Kris Holt


Posted on Apr 4, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 7:27 pm CDT

As North Korea reportedly prepares to go on the offensive, its Internet defenses have crumbled.

Not only have hacktivists compromised an official state website, they’ve taken over the country’s official Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts, putting an end to the typical messages about Kim Jong-un meeting with military officials, the Associated Press noted.

Now the compromised Twitter account simply lists other North Korea-affiliated sites that have been taken over.

The Flickr account showed this:

The Flickr account also featured an image declaring “We are Anonymous,” the Anonymous-affiliated Guy Fawkes mask overlaid on North Korea’s flag, and a “tango down” declaration (the typical Anonymous cry when the hacktivists succeed in compromising a target).

The attack comes as North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack on the U.S. The country’s leaders are seemingly unhappy with sanctions against its nuclear program and South Korea and the U.S. teaming up for joint military drills.

Meanwhile, Anonymous affiliates claimed to have stolen 15,000 user records from, a North Korean website based in China, and other sites. In a statement, they made several demands, including calling for Kim Jong-un’s resignation.

As of 1:30pm ET, North Korea appeared to have regained control of its Flickr account and deleted the Anonymous images, but the country’s Twitter account still featured a list of hacked sites.

Photo via uriminzokkiri/Flickr

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2013, 2:41 pm CDT