Hackers posted a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un portrayed as a pig on the country’s official flickr account today. The account and the official Uriminzokkiri Twitter account were apparently hacked today as tensions in the Korean Peninsula continued to rise. The North’s Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North’s leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials.

Instead, a picture posted today showed Kim’s face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, text read: ‘Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.’ The mocked-up Wanted poster included a $1million ‘bounty’ placed on Kim and accusations of ‘human rights violations’.

Another posting says ‘We are Anonymous’ in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is a name of a hacker activist group. A statement purporting to come from the attackers and widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on and other websites. The images have since been taken down but the Twitter account stills appears to be hacked.

Tweets on the North’s Twitter account said ‘Hacked’ followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. One tweet said ‘Tango Down’ followed by a link to the North’s Flickr page. North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010. It has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses the social media to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Anonymous have previously been accused of a number of planned cyber-attacks government websites across the world. One of their biggest coups was to secretly record a conference call between U.S. and British cyber investigators tasked with bringing the group to justice. Kim Jong Un has been ratcheting up tensions on the Korean Peninsula in recent days.

North Korea warned today that ‘the moment of explosion is near’ as it declared that troops have  been cleared to attack the U.S. using ‘smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear weapons. The rogue state has moved a missile with a range of 3,000km (1,800m) to its east coast – within range of Japan – and claimed it would be ‘merciless’ against its enemies. Kim Jong Un’s dramatic deployment came after the U.S. announced it was sending ballistic missile defences to Guam – the tiny Pacific Island on a list of possible targets for attack including Hawaii.