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North Korea’s Official Flickr Account Gets Hacked and Defaced by Anonymous

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Did you know North Korea had an official Flickr page? The country’s account on the popular photo sharing service made headlines today after it was hacked and defaced by Anonymous.

North Korea has been saber rattling over the past few days, and the hacktivist group Anonymous decided to respond by launching a widespread hacking effort against Uriminzokkiri, the state-run central news agency of North Korea.

In addition to briefly taking down the agency’s website, the hackers also broke into North Korea’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts.

The Flickr account, once found at flickr.com/uriminzokkiri, was used to distribute news photographs and propaganda around the web and around the World. After breaking into it, Anonymous uploaded a number of images poking fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

One of the strange Photoshop creations that briefly appeared on North Korea's official Flickr photostream

One of the strange Photoshop creations that briefly appeared on North Korea’s official Flickr photostream

The photo was viewed over ten thousand times as word of the hack spread, but before long the entire Flickr account was nuked. It can no longer be accessed, and a message stating “This member is no longer active on Flickr” greets you when you try to visit the page.

Aside from this successful strike, North Korea’s social media presences on Facebook and YouTube are alive and well, and the fact that major news agencies are happy to distribute official government photographs means we probably won’t be seeing any shortage of propaganda photos anytime soon.


P.S. Anonymous says it’s also planning to flood the North Korean intranet (the country’s private little Internet) with photographs of kittens, saying “North Korean citizens wanna see lulzy kittehs” too.