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Hacker Takes Over NK Radio Station, Plays “The Final Countdown” North Korean Station Hacked, Plays “The Final Countdown”


Hacker Takes Over NK Radio Station, Plays “The Final Countdown” North Korean Station Hacked, Plays “The Final Countdown”

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard the song “The Final Countdown.” If you’re at an NBA game, it likely plays during a time out as the fourth quarter is winding down. Places you usually don’t hear it, though? North Korea propaganda radio.

However, the 1986 anthem from the Swedish rock band Europe was played on one of Pyongyang’s shortwave radio stations after a hacker (or hackers) took the station over and used it to broadcast the song.

According to The Epoch Times, the news was first reported by “The Jester,” himself a hacker famous for going after jihadists, and who once posted the message “Stop Attacking Americans” on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“A god among us has hijacked 6400kHz (North Korean station) and is playing the Final Countdown,” Jester posted on his account last week, complete with a link to audio evidence of the hack.

The station that got hacked — 6400kHz on the shortwave dial — is apparently used most of the time to broadcast KCBS, North Korea’s primary state broadcaster.

However, it’s also been used as a “numbers station” — a station that sends out coded messages to spies and/or military units via odd strings of numbers or sounds. Or, perhaps even songs, like “The Final Countdown,” which could signal something about to happen.

It’s unlikely this would be the case, however. For one, Jester seems to have confirmed, with his message, that this was indeed a hack. Second, it’s unlikely the idea of using the 1986 hit for a secret communication would spring from the mind of one Kim Jong Un, who generally favors a more straightforward kind of message.

Plus, the irony in terms of the lyrics — which definitely have end-of-times overtones — could be seen as a mocking of North Korea’s chances if it decides to go to war with the United States or any of its allies:

We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell
And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?
It’s the final countdown
The final countdown

It’s not a song that most of the people of North Korea would know, given the state’s tight control over the media. And it prompted plenty of hilarious Twitter rejoinders.

However, it does send quite the message to the rest of the world — and you can bet it made Kim Jong Un furious.


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