North Korea's internet revealed to have just 28 websites
Published 21/09/2016 | 13:33
The full scope of North Korea's private internet has been revealed after the country accidentally gave people outside of the country brief access to it.
The government-controlled internet is a lot smaller than was initially believed, containing just 28 websites in total, including an insurance company, sports website and site containing culinary information and recipes, according to information posted to GitHub.
Previous reports had suggested the North Korean internet was significantly larger, with as many as 5,500 websites. But when access to the country's web was briefly available this week, GitHub users found just 28 North Korean domains.
That the country had an internet at all first became common knowledge in 2014 when it suffered an outage after it was attacked by external hackers.
Since then, information about the secret network has gradually leaked out. Earlier this year, a Scottish teenager hacked North Korea's imitation of Facebook, called "Best Korea's Social Network".
North Korea's internet is accessed through an intranet called "Kwangmyong" or "Bright", which is an internal network launched in 2000 that includes a search engine, news, email and a browser. The websites are hosted in China, rather than in the country itself.
The intranet is free to use for those with access to a computer. However, computers can cost months of salary and people have to be granted government permission to purchase one.
This means that of the country's 25 million people, only a few thousand have access to the internet. The full list of websites has been posted on Reddit.
Full list of North Korea's websites
Air Koryo - a flight ticket website
Korean dishes - a food website with recipes
Friend - a possible social network
National Unity - a possible religious or well-being site
Korean Association of Social Scientists - a possible education website for adults
The Korean Central News Agency - a news website
The Korean Central News Agency
The Korean International Youth and Children's Travel Company - a site for foreign visitors
The Korean National Insurance Corporation - an insurance company
The Korea Education Fund - an education charity
The Korean elderly care fund
The Korean Elderly Care Fund - another charity
KorFilm - The Pyongyang International Film Festival
Maritime Administration of Korea
The official government website
Naenara - the official government site
The Korean Tourism Board
Rodong - the official news website