As Tension Builds, Anonymous Attacks North Korean Social Networking Accounts

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At this point in time, it's pretty-well assured that the vast majority of people are getting a little annoyed by North Korea's ongoing antics, and while we'd love to see things settle down and people be reasonable, that's not the restrictive state's way. It seems that the country has only one outcome in mind, and for that reason, hacktivist group Anonymous has stepped-in in an attempt to annoy it right back.

In the best way it knows how, Anonymous has begun targeting social networking accounts and websites related to the country, such as news site Uriminzokkiri and its related Flickr page. It also claims to have 15,000 usernames and passwords snatched from a North Korean university database.

The move is called "Operation Free Korea", and its goal, as told by Anonymous itself: "To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring [this] oppressive government down! We are holding your back and your hand, while you take the journey to freedom, democracy and peace. You are not alone. Don't fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the other Anons are here to set you free."

With its comments, Anonymous is trying to separate itself from the United States as much as possible, which is probably a smart move in this case, given that's where North Korea's biggest beef lays. But is this move actually going to accomplish anything? History will suggest "no". As simple as it is to say, North Korea does what North Korea wants, so I am not sure a little Internet jeering is going to be the trigger that forces change in the country.

Of course, it could be argued that it can't hurt to try.

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Is it just me or has Anonymous really just become more of a nuisance than an organized hacking organization?  I'm sure a lot of people have smashed their mice on the table after finding our their account was compromised, but is there some type of glorious outcome i'm missing here?

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It's good to see them helping out and fighting against North Korea, but sadly they're just a buzzing sound in North Korea's ear. Still a good effort by Anonymous.

As for NK; I hope you fools continue on this circus path. Provoke the United States and NK your regime will end.

In the world military power rankings it has USA at #1. North Korea is #28. South Korea our allies is ranked #7. So, at the moment South Korea alone could take these chumps.

NK is barking up the wrong tree.

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Anonymous trumpets "To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring [this] oppressive government down!"

Just where is the audience Anonymous is addressing. I'll tell you where it is not. It is not anywhere near a friggin' PC let alone one with an internet connection. Almost the entire country is in the dark, not just in terms of knowledge of the outside world, but literal nighttime darkness. They live in a constant state of poverty with no electricity. It's an audience with no means to hear nor read Anonymous' bombastic pronouncements, nor the psychological, physical, or logistical means to "rise up and bring (this) oppressive government down!". So what the hell is Anonymous up to? Is it just a god-awful attempt to become relevant?

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Gotta love Anonymous.. NK will get stomped if they do not chill the hell out. They warn us? Hilarious.

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Clixxer replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 6:59 PM

Lol! North Korea is just a joke. Regardless of their capabilities at this point they do not know their hand from the rear end! Good for anyone that pokes them since they definitely aren't a bear but more of a ***...cat :P

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