Organizations Using the Internet
Democratic People's Republic of [North] Korea
Modified 6 December 2008
Yes, there are web sites run by (or at least
on behalf of...) the Democratic People's Republic
of [North] Korea.
Motto: "Better Red Than Fed."
- North Korea has some strange representation on the net, like the collection at dpr-korea.com run by a Japanese businessman. A master of irony, one of his pages is dedicated to "Delicious Meals". It includes, no joke, "gasoline-baked clams" and "Wiener Coffee". No details of tree bark soup, though...
North Korean Press Agency
tracerouteindicate that a dissident Japanese group is a "`fellow traveler" and provides their Internet presence. If you miss the shrill propaganda of the Cold War, check this out.
- Silibank is a Pyongyang-based bank, their web page includes an e-mail link for the very few DPRK citizens allowed to use it.
- The People's Korea is a newspaper based in Japan, serving as the unofficial mouthpiece of the DPRK government.
- Another DPRK page is hosted on the same Japanese-based server: www.korea-np.co.jp.
- Loads of DPRK propaganda is available at kimsoft.com.
- Another DPRK page is rendered in only Hangul and Japanese at chongryon.com.
- Kuguk Chonson — National Democratic Front of South Korea, is actually a North Korean front that also runs the clandestine shortwave broadcast station Voice of National Salvation (3480, 4450, 4457 kHz), broadcasting the "ideo-theoretical wisdom" (i.e., nonsensical ramblings) of Kim Jong-Il. Again, it is hosted by a Japanese organization.
- Policy and Information Center for International Solidarity — Allegedly based on Seoul, but obviously in solidarity with North Korea. Some very shrill jingoism here.
- Want to visit the DPRK? Really? See: this pedropoint.com page.
- Shiokaze (Sea Breeze) — is a shortwave broadcaster attempting to reach the Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea beach raiders over the past few decades.
- Free North Korea Broadcasting — an "Internet radio broadcasting station", which will be of limited value getting information to North Koreans since they are not allowed to own radios or use the Internet — http://www.freenk.com/
General alarmism re DPRK
"A Look at Mirim College,
Hotbed of Cyber Warfare",
Daily NK, 2011-05-06, Lee Seok Young and
Kwon Eun Kyoung.
Mirim College, founded in 1986, located then in Mirim-dong, Sadong district in Pyongyang. Now relocated to Chesan-ri, Hyeongjesan district, Pyongyang. Its name has been changed to Command Automation College of the Chosun People's Army, and then in 2000 the Kim Il Political Military University, officially the Number 144 Military Camp of the Chosun People's Army.
Basic coursework takes five years to complete, and there are some 120 students on each grade. It consists of two educational tracks: a five-year college track and a three-year research course, which is similar to a master's degree. In the first track, authorities select model students from graduates of the first senior middle schools — special high school for talented students — and also recruit exemplary young scholars attending Kim Il Sung University and Pyongsung College of Science. For the research course, students from National Defense University and Hamheung College of Mathematics are also recruited.
There are five professional departments: electronic engineering, command automation, programming, technical reconnaissance, and computer science. Notably, the command automation department teaches defensive and offensive programming and hacking tactics in a course entitled "South Chosun's Early Warning System and How to Respond to It."
After graduation, students are dispatched to the Nos. 32, 101, and 121 offices, which exist under the General Bureau of Reconnaissance of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces. In addition, Mirim College graduates are frequently assigned as Staff Officers of Technology, in which they research automation warfare for the two electronic warfare brigades, which were established in 1992.
- "N.K. hacking ability matches that of CIA, analyst says", The Korea Herald, 2010-04-06.
- "A Look at Mirim College, Hotbed of Cyber Warfare", Daily NK, 2011-05-06, Lee Seok Young and Kwon Eun Kyoung.
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