Oops! World Gets Access to Internet in North Korea

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A couple of years back North Korea blamed the U.S. for an internet shutdown in the country which lasted a few days.

From what I had read, the internet isn’t something that the average North Korean gets to use or enjoy. It’s mainly used by the elite and military.

One might wonder what is allowed to be viewed on the internet in this isolated country.

Well it turns out that the country “somehow accidentally opened access to all the websites hosted on its servers,” according to CNBC. Although internet access is not open to all, I still found it extremely hard to believe that in a country with close to 25 million people, there were only 28 registered domains.

On Monday, September 19 at 10 PM Pacific Time, the country’s nameserver which contains info about all .kp websites was misconfigured which allowed for it to be accessed.

According to CNBC, “Matthew Bryant, a researcher, was able to access the domain names and some of the file data about the site“. He placed the info on Github, a site that hosts computer code.

The article mentions that this is the first real look at the internet in North Korea. It’s definitely hard to believe that hackers didn’t get in and reveal any of this info at this point.

Some sites that were viewed include Air Koryo, the state-owned airline and considered to be one of the worst in the world and Friend which CNBC assumes is a social networking site. Some of the sites take a long time to load and were not able to be accessed.

Someone in North Korea is most likely going to be in a lot of trouble for this screw-up.

Find out more from CNBC here.

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