N. Korea's Internet Just Leaked— All 28 Websites

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2016 11:44 AM CDT
You Can Now Explore North Korea's Entire Internet
A website for Air Koryo.   (http://airkoryo.com.kp/)

Have a few minutes? You can peruse all of North Korea's websites. The country's main Domain Name System server was reportedly misconfigured on Monday and a security engineer for Uber took notice. Matthew Bryant was able to access data on all .kp domain names, then shared it on a computer code site, reports CNBC. There wasn't as long a list of websites as one might think. It turns out North Korea has just 28 domain names, including sites for state-owned Air Koryo and Kim Il Sung University and what looks to be a social networking site called Friend, reports Motherboard. To put that in perspective, there are an estimated 1 billion websites worldwide and more than 140 million .com and .net domains.

"We knew about most of these, but weren't sure what else existed," a North Korean researcher tells the BBC. "When North Korea brings up a new website they never publicize it. Either someone finds it by accident or it might show up in a search engine." The sites—there's also one hosting recipes, another about film, and a possible copy of Yahoo—are very basic and slow to load. But if you have the patience and are curious what Kim Jong Un is up to, the English version of a website for newspaper Rodong Sinum can keep you up to date. Headlines include "Kim Jong Un Visits Kosan Combined Fruit Farm" and "Kim Jong Un Guides Fire Drill of Ballistic Rockets." (The country might be planning another rocket launch.)

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