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North Korea inadvertently reveals its whole internet

Engadget Engadget 21/09/2016 Jon Fingas
North Korea's 'Voice of Korea' news site © Provided by Engadget North Korea's 'Voice of Korea' news site © Provided by Engadget

There are already plenty of reasons why North Koreans don't go online, whether it's the low standard of living or a highly oppressive government that blocks anything which might challenge its worldview. However, you can add one more thing to the list: there just isn't much to do in its portion of the internet. North Korea has inadvertently leaked its domain name system data through a badly configured high-level server, showing the rest of the world that there are just 28 .kp domains. And as Reddit users quickly found, the websites at those domains aren't what you'd call riveting reading material.

In many cases, these are strictly functional sites for everything from buying Air Koryo tickets through to state news outlets like Voice of Korea (below). The most exciting sites are those for the Pyongyang International Film Festival, a "National Unity" well-being group and sports. One,, may be a social network.

Don't expect to get an easy peek. Many of these sites are inaccessible, whether it's because they're not meant to be seen outside North Korea or simply because the nation's internet connections are particularly fragile. You may have to be content with screenshots showing a handful of the sites. All the same, this is likely your best glimpse yet at one of the most obscure, isolated corners of the digital world.

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