Anonymous steps up attacks on North Korea

Hacking group appears to have staged another round of attacks against North Korea.

Hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have launched yet another round of cyber attacks against North Korea, as part of their operation to free the country from online oppression.

The claims come as the group continues to challenge the authority of respective governments across the globe.

Last weekend, they threatened to disrupt Israel's online access using Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, for having allegedly shut off web access to Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

According to The Financial Times, the mere threat of disruption from Anonymous prompted many Israeli websites to shut down for fear of infiltration.

Meanwhile, in North Korea, just as the country is celebrating the birthday of its founding father Kim II-sung, Anonymous continues to maintain control over several of the government's prominent websites.

Both the country's Twitter and Flickr accounts have been hacked, the latter of which has been deleted.

Posting from @Uriminzok, the group issued a typically inflammatory tweet: "More of North Korean websites are in our hands. They will be brought down."

The hackers have also distributed Photo Shopped images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, sporting pig's ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo across several news sites.  The group is demanding Jong- un step down and restore democracy to the country, as well as abandon his nuclear ambitions.

While the attacks come just as North Korea is being thrust into the national spotlight for its missile threats against the US and South Korea, Anonymous maintains it is fighting for freedom, and has an allegiance with no specific country. 

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