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Anonymous vows to keep up attacks

Anonymous, an international group of hackers that attacked North Korea’s propaganda site www.uriminzokkiri.com Wednesday and leaked records of the Web site’s 15,217 members, declared it will wage a full-scale cyberattack against Pyongyang on June 25 to paralyze its intranet and connect it to the World Wide Web.

“Our final goal is to take full control of the North Korean domestic computer network systems,” said one of the Anonymous hackers located in South Korea, who allegedly participated in the cyberattack Wednesday, in an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday.

The hacker, who refused to disclose his or her identity and uses Twitter ID @Anonsj, said Anonymous will connect North Korea’s internal Web system Kwangmyong to the Internet by installing a so-called Ninja Gateway, so people can have unrestricted access to cyberspace.

Kwangmyong, the North’s domestic-only Web system, only allows Web sites permitted by the Kim Jong-un regime.

“Once we install the Ninja Gateway, unrestricted access to the Internet and democracy will be brought to people in North Korea,” said @Anonsj, during an interview conducted via Twitter messaging.

The hacker stated during the interview there are collaborators working on a covert mission to set up the gateway system.

“A small independent group has been working .?.?. while putting their personal safety at risk.”

When asked if there were people actually on the ground in the North working with Anonymous, the hacker said, “There could be. But I can’t answer.”

The hacker added the Web sites of Pyongyang’s mouthpiece organizations such as Rodong Sinmun and Korean Central News Agency will be targeted in the June 25 attack, codenamed “Operation Korean War.”

The date of June 25 is the day when the 1950-53 Korean War began.

The alleged hacker also said the group’s intention was not to root out Pyongyang followers, but to deliver a warning message to Kim Jong-un.

“I want to make it clear that we are [politically] neutral.”

The announcement by the hacker follows Anonymous’ second posting of a list of 6,216 pro-Pyongyang site members Saturday in addition to 9,001 profiles disclosed on Thursday. The exposed records of the total 15,217 include names, user IDs, dates of birth, e-mail addresses and gender.

The disclosure of membership profiles led the police and prosecutors as well as the National Intelligence Service to begin identifying those on the list, determining if any of them were involved in pro-North activities in violation of the National Security Law.

“[I think] it will be hard to punish those who signed up for membership to read posts on the site out of curiosity,” a government official told the JoongAng Sunday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Questions over the authenticity of the leaked profiles have also been raised as the hacked pro-North Korea site does not require personal authentication measure such as a resident registration number.

By Kang Jin-kyu, Lee Ji-eun [jkkang2@joongang.co.kr]

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