DPRK domain zone returns to the Internet

    North Korea (aka the DPRK) has recently taken a lot of efforts to inject into the global Internet. So, on the eve finally some domains of this country (.kp) became available. For a long time, North Korean sites were accessible only by IP addresses.

    Now you can visit:
    Portal of the Pyongyang Computer Center (multilingual): www.naenara.com.kp
    Website of the Committee on Cultural Relations with Other Countries (which, I must say, performs a lot of the country's external functions): www.friend.com.kp
    Central Korean news agency (state portal): www.star.edu.kp .

    DPRK domain names have been operating for the first time in the past few months. The .kp domain zone was created in 2007; development and management was carried out under the supervision of a German company, but in 2010, unexpectedly, all North Korean domains were unavailable. The reasons are still unknown.

    Domain name servers are owned by Star JV. This is a telecommunications company created with the participation of the North Korean government and the Thai company Loxley Pasific.
    Quick research revealed that in addition to the previously existing second-level domains com.kp and edu.kp, the following were registered: net.kp, gov.kp, org.kp, rep.kp, tra.kp and co.kp.

    The authorities of North Korea do not allow most of the population to have access to the Internet, so even such a small activity (returning a domain zone, registering several new domains and as many as three working sites) is already a huge manifestation of the DPRK’s desire to be present on the Internet.

    This event could cause unrest in the government of South Korea. As you know, the two countries are officially at war and the South Korean authorities are blocking access to any web resources, at least slightly hinting at sympathy for the DPRK. So, for example, according to a Yonhap News report, a man was detained in Seoul on Monday who is accused of having posted over a hundred posts and videos praising North Korea on the Internet (from October 2009 to December 2010).

    This happened shortly after another incident: the Uriminzokkiri.com website (which publishes information about North Korea) was hacked (along with their twitter and YouTube channel at the same time), and it posted materials defaming the current North Korean leader and his son.

    These are the political cyber wars.

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