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Hacked N.K. Internet sites remain out of commission
SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Internet sites attacked by members of an international hacktivist group remained out of commission on Monday, five days after the cyber assault.

   Yonhap News Agency, which has been monitoring the affected sites, confirmed that while the Web page of Uriminzokkiri, North Korea's main Internet-based media and propaganda, outlet was repaired over the weekend, its Twitter account remained closed with "Tango Down" messages popping up whenever a person tries to view the content.

   "Tango Down" is a commonly used term by hackers to point out they have paralyzed a site.

   Anonymous, a loose group of hackers from all over the world, took responsibility for attacking a handful of North Korean Internet sites last Thursday. They claimed the attacks were made to call on Pyongyang to stop making nuclear weapons and threaten the world with nuclear war.
Besides Uriminzokkiri, which is run by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland and is in charge of conducting talks with South Korea, the Internet sites of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and Our Nation School and two other overseas propaganda sites operated by Pyongyang remained closed to traffic.

   However, Web sites of the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, the Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang's official news wire service, and the Web portal site Naenara were working normally.

   yonngong@yna.co.kr
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