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A poster produced by an Anonymous member advertising the group's planned June 25 attack on North Korean websites.

Anonymous claims hack of North Korean servers

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A poster produced by an Anonymous member advertising the group's planned June 25 attack on North Korean websites.

A poster produced by an Anonymous member advertising the group’s planned June 25 attack on North Korean websites.

A Twitter user claiming to speak on behalf of the Anonymous hacker collective says members of the group have succeeded in breaking into North Korean computer servers and stealing military documents.

“Previously we said we would penetrate the intranet and private networks of North Korea. And we were successful,” the group wrote in a news release posted on Pastebin, a website that allows anonymous posting of text documents.

Your major missile documentation and residents, military documents show down is already in progress. Your attempt to cover this has been uncovered. We are partially sharing this information with the world,” the message read.

The claim is impossible to independently verify and to-date the group has share none of the information it claims to have obtained from its hacking activities. Nor did it clearly explain how it managed to penetrate North Korean military computer systems.

Hackers made references to accessing the domestic Kwangmyong intranet system, but a link from that system to a military computer network handling state secrets would represent a big hole in network security if it existed.

An additional Twitter message posted a screenshot of a web page from the domestic Kwangmyong intranet system but, as NKNews first discovered, the screenshot dates back at least 2006 when it accompanied a South Korean newspaper story.

The claims of infiltration come just days before a long-planned attack on North Korean Internet sites is due to take place. Anonymous hackers have been threatening for the last couple of months to mount a denial of service attack on North Koreans sites from midnight local time in Pyongyang on June 25.

The groups’s last coordinated round of attacks effectively removed the websites from the Internet by deluging them with so much traffic that legitimate users were unable to connect.

The group also posted this video:


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Kim Jong Il calls for computer network expansion

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Kim Jong Il has called for the expansion of a domestic computer network, according to domestic media reports. His comments were made earlier this month, when he visited the recently-built North Hwanghae Provincial People′s Study House, said KCNA and state radio.

The study house was opened in September 2010 and covers 4,500 square meters, according to a BBC Monitoring transcript of a state radio bulletin broadcast on Jan. 21.

In has a capacity of hundreds of thousands of books, databases, seats for 500 and is connected to the remote lecture service that was started by the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang last year, said state media. (See “Distance education network reportedly launched,” Nov. 17, 2010; and “A closer look at the e-learning system,” Dec. 8, 2010.)

Kim Jong Il toured the study house and visited the distance-education room and an electronic reading room, according to a KCNA report.

After seeing the recently-completed rooms, he reportedly noted the need to expand the national Kwangmyong intranet service (an Internet-like network that is closed off from the global Internet) to all study houses in the nation.

Saying that the reading [of books and materials] via the computer networks run by the North Hwanghae Provincial People’s Study House is not only an economical, but also an effective way of enabling the multitude of people to read in any place, Comrade Kim Jong Il noted the need to normalize the computer network service between the Grand People’s Study House and county libraries so as to scientifically organize and manage reading as required by visitors to the study house and thus continuously raise the level of their technological knowledge. – Korea Central Broadcasting Station news, 8pm, Jan. 21, 2010 via BBC Monitoring.

Distance-learning system (KRT News, Nov. 21, 2010)

A closer look at the e-learning system

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The North Korean media have made some noise in the past few months about a new distance-education system. There have been several reports on KCNA about the system and in late November it featured on the evening KRT News.

I pulled some stills from the television report that show the system in use. In the screens shown, the lecturer can see up to nine video images of students taking the class and monitor their own image. The student appears to see two images: their own and that of the class. Another window shows slides and supporting documents.

The system works on computers regardless of operating system, according to an earlier report. The KRT footage I have isn’t clear enough to give away the operating system in use or many other details of the software.

It’s being installed in provincial People’s study houses and libraries, according to a previous report, and being used to deliver lectures from the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang. Locations are interconnected by optical fiber.

Developers confirmed the number of the subscribers for simultaneous real-time distance lectures on the basis of measurement of server and communication load under different conditions and provided the subscribers with convenience in using the contents of lectures in the database. – KCNA, Nov. 14, 2010

The new network was inaugurated by the Grand People’s Study House and the Joint Information Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, according to KCNA.

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Distance education network reportedly launched

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In mid November the North Korean state media carried stories about the inauguration of a new distance-learning network. The reports expand on a brief bulletin issued in early October about the start of an “online lecture” service.

The network is based at the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang and connects to centers of learning throughout the country, including local people’s study houses, libraries, scientific centers and educational institutions, according to the reports.

The distance-learning application works on any operating system, said KCNA. That most likely points to a Web-based application, but it could also mean a more complex set-up based on Java or applications for Windows and Linux. Real-time images, audio and documents can be shared via the network, which is connected by optical fiber:

People’s study houses in different provinces including Jagang and North Hwanghae provinces and libraries in cities and counties have already made full arrangements for receiving distance lectures from the Grand People’s Study House by use of high-speed information system provided by optical fiber communication. This has paved the way for putting the people’s educational system on the latest science and technology.

The DPRK began installing a nationwide fiber optic telecommunications network in 1998 with funding support from the UN Development Program.

The network also collects lectures into a database for call-up on-demand, the KCNA report said:

Thanks to the establishment of the new distance lecture system which puts main emphasis on the lectures based on real-time dialogue while providing the subscribers with opportunities to review what had been lectured anytime necessary, working people and students across the country can receive distance lectures in diverse ways according to their study plans.

The new network was inaugurated by the Grand People’s Study House and the Joint Information Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, according to KCNA.

It’s not the first time media has reported such a system in North Korea. Kim Chaek University of Technology started a similar system in January 2007, according to a KCNA report from the time.

Online Lecture Begins

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Pyongyang, October 12 (KCNA) — The Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang has begun an online-lecture service.

Full Story: KCNA

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