North Korea's Facebook Rip-Off Has a Really Basic Flaw

By James O Malley on at

North Korea is perhaps the place on earth that internet connectivity has penetrated the least. Inside the country, unless you're one of a small pool of elites you can only access a country-wide "intranet" - with everything else left inaccessible. But this doesn't mean that North Koreans are missing out entirely, as the regime has recently launched a North Korean knock-off of Facebook.

According to The Register the site can be found here. If you do get the opportunity to see it... we really don't recommend signing up.

Sadly it isn't clear exactly who will get to use it, or what users of the site will be allowed to do (we'd guess that pretty much the only authorised activity is posting about how great the Dear Leader is). We also wouldn't recommend poking the Dear Leader either.

As The Register notes, the site appears to be based entirely on the software phpDolphin, which is an off-the-shelf package that lets anyone create their own Facebook clone. Amusingly too, it has since emerged that North Korea didn't think to change the default admin username and password - which has since allowed mischievous hackers to gain access. Which perhaps explains why, at the time of writing, the site is down.

This isn't the first time that North Korea has attempted to ape western technology. Last year we learned that the regime had created its own spyware-infested operated system, based on Linux but in its visuals designed to rip off Mac OS. [The Register]