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Just What the Tensions with North Korea Needed: Anonymous!

"We are the good guys from the internet." Mmhmm.
Once more into the breach, eh?

Expect ‘em everywhere, even behind you in the line for Starbucks.

Is there any situation into which Anons will not insert themselves? The Next Web reports that, as North Korea rattles its saber louder and louder, hackers flying the flag of Anonymous have basically declared war on the country’s authoritarian government. In a note published on Pastebin, they addressed Kim Jong-Un: “So you feel the need to create large nukes and threaten half the world with them?
So you’re into demonstrations of power?, here is ours.”

We’re sure Mr. Kim is quaking in his boots.

In the wake of DDoS attacks this weekend, the hackers claim they’ve infiltrated the country’s local intranets, mailservers and webservers. As a demonstration, the Pastebin note brags they’ve gotten 15,000 “membership records” of the site uriminzokkiri.com (a kind of “semi-official” government outlet) and promises, “First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship ‘government’.”

That first part sounds maybe doable; the second sounds… ambitious.

If the North Korean government wants to stave off this threat of digital havoc, Anonymous suggests they submit to the following demands: No more making nukes and no more nuclear threats; Kim Jong-un’s resignation (?!); a “free direct democracy” for North Korea, and “uncensored internet access for all the citizens!” Might want to add a couple of provisos about food and prison camps, guys.

It’s not clear who’s behind the note, but it ends with an address to the people of North Korea: “Don’t fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the other Anons are here to set you free.” Meanwhile, clearinghouse @YourAnonNews has been tweeting the news, with the hashtag #OpNorthKorea.

Essay prompt: Would our world look so much like Neuromancer if William Gibson had never written it? Discuss.

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