Reddit internet traffic brings down North Korea's internet
23 Sep 2016Reddit internet traffic brings down North Korea's internet
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The websitesWhat was the content in the North Korean websites?
While having only 28 websites does not give room for much variety, North Korea's websites do have diverse services, in its own limited way.
The websites featured a flight ticket booking site, a recipe site, a service akin to MSN and Yahoo, an insurance company site, a film website, a tourism site, a sports site, several official news sites, among others.
GTA V has more websites than North KoreaIn a rather interesting revelation, a Reddit user said that GTA V, the fifth installment of the popular video game series Grand Theft Auto, featured more websites than North Korea. The game offered 83 in-game websites as opposed to North Korea's 28.
AccessHow a user gained access to North Korea's internet services
North Korea's dearth of internet websites demonstrates how the Kim Jong Un government monitors the flow of information within North Korea's borders.
Yet, although internet in North Korea is tightly controlled by the authoritarian government, a technical slip up allowed a GitHub user to access North Korean websites from outside.
Consequently, the links were posted on Reddit allowing the world to get a glimpse.
GitHub user explains access to North Korea's websites"One of North Korea's top level name servers was accidentally configured to allow global [Domain Name System] transfers. This allows anyone who performs [a zone transfer request] to the country's ns2.kptc.kp name server to get a copy of the nation's top level DNS data."