North Korea, one of the most closed-off countries in the world, apparently by mistake misconfigured its nameserver on Tuesday.
The leak concludes a list with information on all of the domains that exist for .kp, allowing anyone to query it and get the list.“Now we have a complete list of domain names for the country and it's surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly) very small,”
Matt Bryant, a security engineer who found out about the mistake, told Motherboard.
North Korea has only 28 registered domains, according to the leaked data.“We didn’t think there was much in the way of internet resources in North Korea and according to these leaked zone files, we were right,”
Doug Madory, a researcher at Dyn, a company that monitors internet use and access around the world, has said.
Some of the sites aren’t reachable, perhaps because after Bryant discovered them, they are being deluged with traffic.
Most of the websites seem pretty banal. Many of them belonged to official bodies such as the committee for cultural relations and the maritime agency, as well as official state news organisations the Pyongyang Broadcasting Service and Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ party.
The leak also revealed the homepage of the state-owned airline, Air Koryo, and sites specialising in North Korean movies and cuisine.