Hackers mock North Korea heir-apparent birthday boy
Kim minor gets roasted
Hackers compromised North Korean media profiles on Saturday to mock the country's heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, on his birthday.
North Korea's YouTube channel was commandeered to post satirical footage depicting a caricature of Kim Jong Un at the wheel of a luxury sports car and out of control, mowing down women and children at the side of the road.
The hermit kingdom's Twitter account was also compromised to post criticism of current leader, Kim Jong Il, for lavishing cash on a nuclear weapons programme when "while 3 million people are starving and freezing to death". Other fake micro-blogging updates urged an armed uprising.
It's unclear who carried out the string of attacks, but hackers from South Korea are the obvious primary suspects. Several members of a South Korean internet forum, Dcinside, have claimed responsibility for the prank, Reuters reports.
Kim Jong Un, 28, appeared at a military parade dressed in a general's uniform last September. Observers saw this as a clear sign that he would take over from his father, Kim Jong Il, once Dear Leader kicks the bucket.
Official state media omitted any reports of celebratory events to mark the younger Kim’s birthday. It seems the occasion was marked only via the broadcast of patriotic radio tunes by state radio, about the only media outlet most ordinary North Korean citizens can access. Internet access in the country is reportedly restricted to senior government officials. ®
Because keeping your entire population under strict surveillance, restricting electricity, freedom of movement, expression of personal views is a method that's really worked well elsewhere.
Seriously. He deserves to have the piss taken out of him, the self-important little berk.
Re: how nice but...
Of course it didn't happen!
Any pics you may see will be cunning forgeries created by revisionist lackeys of the running-dog capitalist bourgeousie......
"Antagonise the neighbour with the weapons and the itchy trigger finger?"
If you and the neighbour on the other side have a zillion tanks and a whole bunch of nukes ready to blast him (further) into the Stone Age, then why the hell not.
Too many ppl forget that North Korea isn't Iran or Cuba. No-one there believes in The Cause. The Kims are absolute dictators, intent on a cushy life at the expense of the starving populace. None of the starving populace, including their entire military, are going to take a bullet for the Kims. Compare numbers of tanks all you like, but you can bet your bottom dollar they won't fight if it comes to it.
Whilst the West backs down every time North Korea starts stamping its feet, the Kims are going to keep doing it, bcos it works. And the generals will let them, bcos as generals they're getting a better life than the peasants. If the Kims show signs of actually believing they can do a damn thing about South Korea, you can bet that they'd be disposed of in pretty damn short measure.
The best thing to do with the Norks is absolute isolation. Not the half-assed version at the moment, where the ordinary folk get nothing but the top brass get to swan around the world on private jets. No - absolute isolation, with permanent monitoring of airspace etc, and a 100% guarantee that anything crossing the border gets shot on sight without warning. Give it five years, and the Kims would be strung upside down from lamp-posts.