North Korea attracts Anonymous threats and leaks

Hackers claiming to be part of ‘Anonymous’ say they have stolen 15,000 passwords from, a North Korea run website hosted in China.

Details of the claimed leak were posted online on Wednesday via the Twitter account Anonymous_Korea, which has over the past week been rallying support for denial of service attacks on several North Korean websites.

The message calls on the North Korean government to “stop making nukes and nuke threats” as tensions rise between the north and south.

To support the claim they had stolen over 15,000 membership records, the hackers posted six user names, email addresses and dates of birth supposedly from the website.

The hackers also claimed to be “inside” North Korea’s intranet, mail servers and web servers, however the North Korea Tech blog, which first reported the alleged data breach, noted that reaching North Korea’s walled off intranet could be a difficult proposition.

The website that is claimed to have been attacked is hosted in China by Chinese telecoms company China Unicom.

A more prominent cyber threat North Korea cited last month were the “virus attacks” it claimed coincided with US-South Korea military drills.

If attacks were launched on .kr (North Korea) websites and servers, military hackers or protestors would only have a handful to select, according to internet security firm, Netcraft.

While Anonymous hackers have claimed to have hit some of those .kr websites, North Korea's internet itself was suffering intermittent outages on 13 March, according to network performance and analytics firm Rensys. Days prior to North Korea announcing it was being hit by virus attacks, all four networks that underpin its internet disappeared twice from the global routing table.

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