North Korea Internet

North Korea only has 28 websites

September 20th at 8:00 PM

North Korea only has 28 websites

It’s hard to reconcile the modern world we live in — where information is readily accessible and flows freely — with the reality of what life is like for the vast majority of North Koreans who remain under the draconian rule of an oppressive regime that, quite literally, does everything in its power to shield its populace from any information that isn’t tailor-made or approved by government officials.

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North Korea's Netflix Clone

The North Korea Netflix clone is as bad as you’d think

August 23rd at 9:00 PM

The North Korea Netflix clone is as bad as you’d think

Netflix is committed to supplying a never-ending stream of Western entertainment straight into the eyeballs of the populace. North Korea is committed to none of those things. So it’s a bit of a mystery why North Korea has built a Netflix clone, but I sure am glad that there’s photos of it.

North Korea News has the scoop on “Manbang” (no, really), the North Korean set-top box service that is supposed to rival Netflix. It offers the ability to watch five channels in real time, browse TV by category, and view information about the Glorious Leader. Manbang and chill? Sounds about right.

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Conan O'Brien North Korea Talk Show Video

Conan goes to North Korea, somehow avoids starting a war

April 11th at 12:28 PM

Conan goes to North Korea, somehow avoids starting a war

It’s always fun seeing Conan O’Brien travel to foreign countries and generally act like a big goofball. Last year, for example, he went to visit Cuba and proceeded to get hilariously wasted on Cuban rum. This year he’s decided to travel to a communist country that’s significantly more dangerous: North Korea. More →

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North Korea Alcohol Hangover Cure

North Korea says it’s invented ‘alcohol which doesn’t give you hangover’

January 19th at 5:35 PM

North Korea says it’s invented ‘alcohol which doesn’t give you hangover’

Wouldn’t it be great if you could drink as much as you like without getting a hangover? It seems that some researchers are claiming to have figured out a way to make hangover-free although you should be skeptical since these researchers happen to be from North Korea. In case you don’t remember, past North Korean “innovations” have included developing a wonder drug that purportedly cures cancer, AIDS and Ebola. More →

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North Korea Nuclear Bomb

North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb last night

January 6th at 8:20 AM

North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb last night

While we were winding down last night after a long day covering CES 2016 and the rest of the country was finishing up its day as well, North Korea was detonating a nuclear bomb.

At 10:00 a.m. local time in the Eastern country, a Kim Jong Un ordered test of what the country claims to have been a small hydrogen bomb set off seismic activity alarms in South Korea and Japan, registering as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. The alarms led both nations to believe immediately that a nuclear device had been tested in North Korea and their concerns were confirmed when North Korean state TV announced the test later in the morning.

North Korea last tested a nuclear bomb in 2013, and this is the fourth time North Korea has detonated a nuclear device in recent years. More →

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North Korea Operating System

North Korea’s secret Red Star OS looks exactly like Apple’s OS X

December 28th at 5:15 PM

North Korea’s secret Red Star OS looks exactly like Apple’s OS X

As the most closed-off country on the planet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the North Korean government developed its own homegrown operating system that can be used to spy on its citizens.

Fueled by an unprecedented level of paranoia and a desire to keep its populace in line and closed off from the outside world, North Koreans outside of the government are completely shut off from the Internet. In its place? A nationwide intranet heavily controlled and monitored by the powers that be. And the mysterious operating system powering most of the computers in the country today? Red Star OS.

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North Korea Unicorn Lair Discovered

Actually, This Was North Korea’s Craziest Proclamation… and It Involved Unicorns

July 7th at 12:28 PM

Actually, This Was North Korea’s Craziest Proclamation… and It Involved Unicorns

A couple of weeks back, we marveled at just how crazy North Korea really is. What prompted our sense of awe was the reclusive country’s proclamation that it had discovered a single drug that could cure AIDS, MERS and Ebola all at once. At the time we said we thought it was the craziest thing North Korea had ever come up with, but that’s only because we forgot about its amazing proclamation back in 2012 that its archaeologists had discovered a unicorn lair in its capital city of Pyongyang. More →

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North Korea Cure For AIDS Ebola MERS

North Korea Says a Lot of Crazy Crap… But This Might Take the Cake

June 19th at 3:03 PM

North Korea Says a Lot of Crazy Crap… But This Might Take the Cake

Ah, North Korea. We’d find you really funny if you weren’t such a horrible monument to human misery. The Associated Press, via ABC News, reports that North Korea claims it has discovered the cure to not one, not two, but three! Yes, three! Major diseases that are plaguing humanity right now. More →

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North Korean Defense Minister Anti-Aircraft Gun Execution

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

May 13th at 8:05 PM

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

Every time you find yourself complaining about your boss, just remember things could always be worse — for instance, you could be working for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Per Reuters, it seems that North Korea this week executed its own defense minister after he fell asleep during a political rally where Kim Jong Un was present. After being formally charged with “treason” for this transgression, the official was killed by an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range. More →

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U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

January 2nd at 2:15 PM

U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

The United States just struck back against North Korea for its alleged role in the hack of Sony Pictures. In official statement released on Friday, U.S. president Barack Obama said he was signing an executive order authorizing stiff sanctions against North Korea for its “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.” More →

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The Interview DVDs North Korea

Kim Jong-un’s nightmare: South Korean man plans to airdrop DVDs of The Interview

December 31st at 7:15 PM

Kim Jong-un’s nightmare: South Korean man plans to airdrop DVDs of The Interview

North Korea’s seeming victory over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s hit comedy was very short-lived. Not only has the film become a sensation after being released online but now The Associated Press, via USA Today, reports that an activist in South Korea plans to airdrop DVDs of The Interview into North Korea in the hopes that North Koreans will get a chance to see the film for themselves. More →

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The Interview Online Revenue

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

December 29th at 3:55 PM

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

Much has been made about movie theater chains’ decision to reject running The Interview on December 25th due to safety concerns. It is now becoming clear that these theaters have made a huge miscalculation that may cause much bigger problems than just reputation damage. More →

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Sony Hackers Identity Speculation

This may be the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was an inside job

December 29th at 1:05 PM

This may be the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was an inside job

Was the North Korean government really the mastermind behind the massive hack on Sony? Many researchers have continued to express skepticism about this claim and The Security Ledger reports that researchers at security firm Norse may have uncovered the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was actually an inside job. More →

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