November 16, 2017

Hacked North Korean Radio Station Plays “The Final Count Down” Repeatedly

An unknown hacker has hacked the North Korean short-wave radio station, 6400kHz, and broadcasted the “The Final Countdown,” the hit song from ’80s Swedish rock band legends Europe, repeatedly.


The news broke when the vigilante hacker, “The Jester,” posted on a tweet with a link to the recording of the broadcast on Twitter. In the tweet, he said, “A god among us has hijacked 6400kHz (North Korean station) and is playing the Final Countdown”.


Jester is a hacker who got fame after hacking jihadist websites and in October 2016, he defaced the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the message, “Stop attacking Americans.”

According to Strategic Sentinel, a Washington-based nonpartisan geostrategic consulting company the North Korea often broadcasts encrypted messages on the station ahead of provocations. The geostrategic consulting company posted few tweets regarding the coded broadcast messages by  Radio Pyongyang.

The company tweeted, “Radio Pyongyang has broadcasted coded messages on 6400kHz. Usually, when they do this it signals an upcoming provocation.”


When North Korea announced that it was going to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, it stated “The most likely speculation for these messages is an upcoming missile test on the heels of #DPRK FM #UNGA statements,” in September.


And when asked by a user about the log of what kind of events it has broadcasted, the company mentioned that North Korea made broadcasts two days before conducting a nuclear test, one day before a ballistic missile test, and one day before Japanese flyovers.


After the alleged hack of the North Korean broadcast station that broadcasted the 1986 hit song “The Final Countdown”, the Twitterati trolled the autocratic government.


What do you think of this hack? Is it some kind of coded message? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!


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