Cyber War, III–Back to the Future!

February 13, 2011 7:45 AM

From the Chosun Ilbo:

“North Korea has faxed propaganda material to a large number of South Korean organizations and businesses, shifting the blame for its artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island to the South Korean and U.S. governments in an attempt to foster conflict between conservatives and progressives here.”

Propaganda via fax?!  In 2011?

Apparently this is no aberration. As we observed in an earlier post, North Korea subsequently trained its fax machines on South Korean NGOs, appealing for aid.

If anything, it is a sad commentary on the state of telecommunications in the North, and the regime’s continued discomfort with the potential implications of greater citizen access.  Maybe the guys from Orascom could give them some insights into that phenomenon.



It's interesting how media is increasingly being used as both offensive and defensive 'weapons' by both sides recently... VCDs in Hoiryeong, pinhole cameras, anti-Kim posters and portrait burning videos, propaganda leaflets and radios, Wikipedia 'disinformation campaigns', Twitter and YouTube hacks, South Korean internet restrictions.. and now faxing? I wonder what would happen if North Korea was ever exposed to Facebook.

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