North Korea has a state-run internet that normally isn't accessible to the outside world. But on Tuesday, that barrier fell, thanks to what appears to be a mistake.
The reveal didn't look good for North Korea. Its internet only boasts 28 websites total, and many of them are state-run news sites.
Reddit users were able to access most of the sites and broke down what was available. You can still visit most of the sites if you're patient. They load very, very slowly.
Some of the highlights:
- Air Koryo, a flight-booking website
- Korean Dishes, a recipe website
- Friend, a mystery site that may be a social network
- National Unity, which appears to be a religious group despite North Korea being an atheistic state
For context, there are more than 1 trillion websites on the real internet, according to Internet Live States.
How did this get leaked?
This gets technical, but GitHub reports a North Korean server was "accidentally configured to allow global DNS zone transfers."
As of Wednesday morning, that change still hasn't been undone.
North Korea's internet has seen some difficulties before. CNET reports that in 2014, the entire network crashed after hacker hit it with a denial-of-service attack. Access to the rest of the internet is illegal in North Korea.
One Twitter user saw an easy joke.