The only difference is that one accepts capitalism and the other accepts a failed economic policy (communism). But S.Korea is somewhat of a police state. They force S.Korean men to enter the military (very tyrannical), they have mandatory public schooling just like every other fascist country, they have nanny state laws regarding the use of playing video games. A very militaristic country that masks it's true intentions while claiming to be free, sounds a lot like the U.S.
But a lot of the blame goes to the United States for dividing the country in the first place and we are still intervening by having U.S troops and bases stationed in S.Korea.
Talk about a violation of civil liberties. I do know that the CFAA has been revised to be more "severe" towards hackers. What a corrupt government, he really didn't do anything other than expose a security hole. The Swartz case and the appeal of Auernheimer's conviction may give us a clearer picture of how far you can go before a harmless prank becomes a federal felony.