North Korea’s Facebook Hacked By Scottish Teenager
A North Korean imitation of Facebook has been hacked into by a Scottish teenager just hours after it was discovered. It was discovered last week by Dyn Research, a company that tracks internet performance, and soon compromised by Andrew McKean, an 18-year-old college student from Scotland. The mysterious Facebook doppelganger site surfaced online on Friday, May 27, as reported by publication Motherboard.
The website, Star Con, is modelled on the famous social network, clone of the Facebook, but in its North Korean incarnation is known as Best Korea’s Social Network.It has been hacked by 18-year-old Andrew McKean claims to have taken over admin privileges of the mysterious site by simply guessing login information. According to McKean, the credentials had been left on the default, which means “admin” and “password” were all he needed to control the Facebook clone.
People should know by now that using a generic password just doesn’t cut it but whoever set up the social network, which looks like it was created using phpdolphin, is new to the internet. McKean said after taking control of the site, he could change the site’s name, censor words, manage ads, and see personal information. According to McKean, he had no plans to do anything with the site after breaking in, but nevertheless, it’s currently down. It’s unclear what was planned for the social network. First, it looks like whoever is in charge needs to beef up the site’s security before bringing it back online.