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wumpus188 writes "This is what I believe is the first official North Korean internet site 'Naenara' ('My Country'). Free reg required (login 'slashdot', password 'password' for you lazy slackers :) I esp. enjoyed the 'Favorite Korean Movies' section."
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North Korea Opens Official Website

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  • Don (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:05AM (#9724052)
    Someone already changed the password.
  • If only... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ThePDW ( 764788 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:06AM (#9724054) Homepage
    Now if only they could just figure out how to feed their people :-(
    • by Anonymous Coward
      And give them internet access so they could read the site.
  • Well well! (Score:5, Funny)

    by timealterer ( 772638 ) <slashdot.alteringtime@com> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:06AM (#9724055) Homepage
    I look forward to open, unbiased communication free of propoganda or heresay.
  • by the_skywise ( 189793 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:06AM (#9724057)
    username: slashdot
    password: password

    Invalid password.
  • by Killshot ( 724273 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:06AM (#9724058) Homepage
    Oooh.. let's see just how much bandwidth the north koreans have.
  • by mediaSage ( 720360 ) * on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:07AM (#9724061)
    ... With PHP!?!?!?
  • by nordicfrost ( 118437 ) * on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:08AM (#9724063)
    KCNA, the NK "news" agensy has had a website []for years in Japan. It is under the JP TLD, and the new one is under the NET TLD.

    KCNA functions as the spokesperson for the DPKR, the state of North Korea. Probably the least independent news agency in the world, Fox News included.
  • One Country (Score:5, Funny)

    by Scarblac ( 122480 ) <> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:09AM (#9724067) Homepage

    Click "One Country":

    Object not found!
    The requested URL was not found on this server. The link on the referring page seems to be wrong or outdated. Please inform the author of that page about the error.
    Error 404

    Kinda figures.

  • Already Bugmenot-ed (Score:5, Informative)

    by glMatrixMode ( 631669 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:09AM (#9724069)
    It's a funny thing : BugMeNot (still haven't installed this Firefox extension ?) already works with this website...
  • Inside DPRK (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mmm coffee ( 679570 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:10AM (#9724073) Journal
    Here's an interesting article [] about a man's experiences when he went into North Korea, in case anyone's wondering what's really going on in there.
    • by infolib ( 618234 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:26AM (#9724116)
      In 1999 a german Doctor gained the confidence of the regime. Getting behind the 70ies-kitschy facade, he came back to report on the oppression and poverty. []

      Google [] will find you lots of interviews about his experiences.
      • That hurts. I knew it was bad, but these two articles really drove it home. Compared to that, Iraq must have been rather good. How will we ever end it?

        They're so brain washed, their army would probably put up a fight if a coalition of nations were to try to liberate them. And the army isn't small - millions would die. But a peaceful way to end it doesn't seem likely. :-(

        That sort of article makes me ashamed to score a +5 Funny on the fact that their website has a 404 page...

        I suggest moderators mod you

  • Server in Germany? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Wingnut64 ( 446382 )
    traceroute says that the 2nd to last hop is, following some .de domains.
    • Yup - it's in Germany all right.

      Try this link [] - it's the result of Netcraft's [] "What's that site running?" page.

      According to it, the netblock owner is some " I/P/B Internet Provider in Berlin".

    • by zz99 ( 742545 )
      It is a german that owns the domain.

      whois gives this:
      created: 2004-05-28 15:47:12
      expire: 2005-11-25 04:14:15

      title: CEO
      fname: Jan
      lname: Holtermann
      org: KCC Europe GmbH
      address: Glinka Str. 5-7
      city: Berlin
      (edited to pass the junk filter)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:16AM (#9724089)
    ... the first North Korean internet site has been slashdotted.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Jul 17 2004 05:11:34 | posted by KJI | category: missles | comments: 0

    Wanted to let you know that we've got a shitload of big new missles. I hope everybody shows up to watch the army goose-step in front of them. Show up, it'll be a blast. And if you don't you'll be shot.

    Jul 16 2004 19:23:44 | posted by KJI | category: food | comments: 3245243

    Ugh I totally can't figure out this computer. Anyway just enjoying some kimchi wanted to let you know that. I hope everybody is having a good dinner tonight.

  • What about the "official web site"?
  • by rally_redhat ( 566655 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:25AM (#9724114) Homepage

    As mentioned before, clicking on their "One Korea" link gets you to a "page unavailable" message:

    Object not found!

    The requested URL was not found on this server. The link on the referring page seems to be wrong or outdated. Please inform the author of that page about the error.

    If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
    Error 404
    Sat Jul 17 18:31:28 2004
    Apache/2.0.48 (Linux/SuSE)

    Look at the last line.

    I was amazed initially - I thought "Linux really is everywhere" - until I realised that Microsoft probably doesn't have any branches in North Korea! That's one country where there won't be too many IIS servers!

  • They mention Linux, so its alright:

    "KCC regards it as its immediate target to reach the world level and to be competent in the world market in a few years in development of Linux-based operating system and applications, computer-aided high technology and services with its own core technology."

    Source: KCC []
  • it is really similar
  • North Korea's first web site, and you try to welcome them with a slashdotting? Should do wonders for US-North Korean relations!

    BTW, why's the site in English?
  • When I look at this website it reminds me of how much good the US has done around the world. If it wasn't for us there would not be a North Korea. There wouldn't be a South Korea either for that matter because the whole damned peninsula would be under the lead boot of a communist dictatorship. The DPRK should stand as a reminder of just how much evil there is in the world, and just how easily that evil can prevail.

    It is because of us that South Korea is free, and God willing one of these days we'll brin
    • by Anonymous Coward
      You are ever so lucky to live in the land of the free. By the way, have you ever been to Cuba? I guess not, your government won't let you.
    • by grendelkhan ( 168481 ) <scottricketts&gmail,com> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @08:45AM (#9724513) Journal
      It is because of us that South Korea is free, and God willing one of these days we'll bring freedom to ALL of Korea.
      And let me tell you something, the older Koreans remember and thank us for it. I spent six years of my time in the Air Force stationed in Korea, and while most people my age there were more curious than anything to talk to an American (most really wanted to practice their English!), I was extremely touched one day on the subway in Seoul.

      As I was standing there, an older man sitting next to me asked me if I was an Amerian serviceman. When I answered yes. he shook my hand and said "Thank you. Young people don't remember, but I do. Thank you for helping us. Thank you for coming here."

      One of the guys I worked with had a similar experience, the older Korean gentleman said to him "Your country was willing to send its young men to come here and die to protect us." I think the ROK is a shining example of American military power used for the right reasons.

      The difference between the Korean war and our current debacle? The South was attacked and overrun by the North. We came in to defend, not to do a pre-emptive attack on an entire country.
  • DPRK EMAIL? (Score:2, Funny)

    by PKC Jess ( 797453 )
    Hey! Who took What? AND kim_jong_il? :( Mind sharing the wealth? wait a minute... *later on* "Dear Dear Leader, So, Kim, how is every little thing? ~Jess"
  • Exerpted from the top-selling title:



    Since June 25, 2000, the 50th year since their unleashing the Korean War, the United States has been bent on grossly distorting the history of the war and will continue to do so until 2003, with a sinister aim to shift the blame for their war, the blame for their aggression, onto the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    Holy #&$@ing shit, what a bunch of nutballs!

    Oh - and what's going to happen in 2003?
  • by js7a ( 579872 ) <<gro.kivob> <ta> <semaj>> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:55AM (#9724178) Homepage Journal
    On the registration page [], check out these two pull-down menus:

    Password hint question:

    The name of your best friend is ...
    The scenary I love most is ...
    My favorite movie star is ...
    How would Korea change after reunification?
    What will you do when Korea is reunified?

    My favorite movie is ...

    Nationality / citizenship:

    1. Korean
    2. Chinese
    3. German
    4. Russian
    5. Australian
    6. Bahrain
    7. Bangladesh
    8. Chinese [duplicate]
    9. Indian
    10. Indonesian
    12. Iraqi
    13. Israeli
    14. Japanese
    15. Jordan
    16. Kuwaiti
    17. Lebanese
    18. New Zealand
    52. Canadian
    53. Mexican
    54. American ["American"?]
    55. Argentinian
    97. Netherlander
    98. Portuguese
    99. Spanish
    100. English

    Apparently our sensitive alphabetical sorting technology has been sucessfully prevented from reaching the DPRK.

  • uhm... (Score:5, Funny)

    by DraconPern ( 521756 ) <> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @05:56AM (#9724180) Homepage
    With this slashdotting, I wouldn't be surpried their next front page news is 'World attacks North Korea's computer infrastructure'..
  • My nationality (Score:2, Informative)

    by ward.deb ( 757075 )
    "97. Netherlander" Those bastards misspell my nationality. It's either Nederlands or Dutch...
  • by Quirk ( 36086 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @06:06AM (#9724196) Homepage Journal
    from the CIA factbook []: "...for years from the 1970's into the 1990's, citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea (DPRK), many of them diplomatic employees of the government, were apprehended abroad while trafficking in narcotics. In recent years, police investigations in Taiwan and Japan have linked North Korea to large illicit shipments of heroin and methamphetamine, with the attempt by the North Korean merchant ship Pong Su to deliver 125 kg of heroin to Australia in April 2003 the most recent example of Pyongyang's involvement in the drug trade. All indications point to North Korea emerging as an important regional source of illicit drugs targeting markets in Japan, Taiwan, the Russian Far East, and China."

    • Yeah, well, the DPRK embassy in Oslo (Norway, Europe) was closed in the 70ies. Reason? The diplomats were kicked out for selling illegal booze from the embassy and other places. They denied the whole thing, of course. Their credidentials were retracted they were booted out. Probably for the death sentence in DPRK, they had after all embarrased their country.
  • by thelizman ( 304517 ) <hammerattack@yaho o . c om> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @06:56AM (#9724294) Homepage
    Kim Jong Il has a weblog [].
  • 21 Century Gulags (Score:4, Informative)

    by ej0c ( 320280 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @07:03AM (#9724306)
    For a nice little tour of N. Korea, you might visit the report at []

    A national policy of starvation, overwork, and torture. Newborns murdered on grounds of suspected genetic diversity. Imprisonment of three generation of an offender's family. A lifetime political prisoner population of 200,000 - more than all the US military in Iraq; more than all the people in a small industrial city.

    Claudia Rosette wrote a column [] when the report was released.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 17, 2004 @07:13AM (#9724324)
    If anyone had bothered to scratch the surface of this site a little, you would soon realise that this is a dummy spoof site set up and run by a German businessman who uses it as a "sweetener" to get computing business in North Korea (which is illegal under UN sanctions, I believe).

    He claims he is going to wire up North Korea via satellite - bul*shit!

    If you really want to provide your personal details to an unscrupulous German, then feel free - you must really like spam.

    It really does not deserve any further attention, other than to say "nice marketing ploy fella".

    Anyone for an "official" Ossama Bin Laden blog?

    Damian, UK
  • /.ed already.

    Now the DPRK Goverment are going to claim in their propaganda broadcasts that their website was immediately swamped by the oppressed workers of the world!
  • I am really going to register and give the North Koreans my contact information!
  • by isorox ( 205688 )
    Why North Korea rules: Apache/2.0.48 (Linux/SuSE) [], Where as america is Microsoft-IIS/6.0 []
  • by LNX Flocki ( 459790 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @07:31AM (#9724356)
    That's it, I'm moving to North Korea. Look what their constitution says:

    Article 71

    Citizens have the right to relaxation. This right is ensured by the establishment of the working hours, the provision of holidays, paid leave, accommodation at health resorts and holiday homes at State expense and by a growing network of cultural facilities.

  • by FooAtWFU ( 699187 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @07:32AM (#9724357) Homepage
    Don't slashdot North Korea! They've probably never been slashdotted, don't know what to expect. What if they think it's cyberterrorism and launch some of their missles?!? I hear some of those suckers are nuclear (or might be before long)! You guys want to start World War III or something?
  • Give it 1 week (Score:2, Insightful)

    by u-238 ( 515248 )
    Word will spread and some patriotic script kiddie with a huge bot net will flex his capitalistic pride and this website will be at the brunt of it.

    Mark my words.
  • Constitution (Score:2, Interesting)

    Am I the only one who finds it strange that the pages with the N. Korean constutition repeatedly praise a single individual? As screwed up as the United States is right now, (I liked the days with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress, government was so busy bitching at each other they left me and the American people alone. :) At least my constution begins with "We the People...." not "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the socialist motherland of Juche which has applied the idea and
  • by Desprez ( 702166 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @08:33AM (#9724474)
    The password hint questions were an interesting change from the normal: mother's maiden name, pet's name, etc that we are so used to seeing from western/european registrations

    Here are the DPRK's registration password hint questions:
    The name of your best friend is...
    The scenery I love most is...
    My favorite movie star is...
    How would Korea change after reunification?
    What will you do when Korea is reunified?

    My favorite movie...

    (Emphasis mine)

    I'll say, they just can't resist packing in the propaganda and agenda into every square inch.

  • I see this page and the first thing that comes to mine "so who wants to hack it first?"
  • The questions is will Pyongyang declae the Slashdot effect to be an attack on North Korea by the web?

    What the hell is a shopping mall link doing on a communist website. Has the world gone topsy turvy?
  • by varjag ( 415848 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @09:18AM (#9724581)
    As the new superior North Korean site was opened, hundreds of thousands of oppressed proletariat people of capitalistic world rushed for the only truthful information source available to them. Witness what those who immersed into refreshing spring of Juche ideas write:

    "They took my job to South Korea. Screw them!"
    --Peter Geek, 31

    "They don't even show Boy General here!"
    --Johny Underage, 13

    "Beautiful haircuts of North Korean women! I feel young again!"
    -- Al. D. Fart, 73 (ed. note: we believe this is a typo - people don't live that long)

  • by Phil John ( 576633 ) <(moc.dtlsratsbew) (ta) (lihp)> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @09:39AM (#9724652)
    ...imagine what would happen if there was any downtime...I shudder to think.
  • /.ed (Score:3, Funny)

    by dirvish ( 574948 ) <> on Saturday July 17, 2004 @09:41AM (#9724664) Homepage Journal
    This has to be a first. Slashdotted a country!
  • by rainer_d ( 115765 ) * on Saturday July 17, 2004 @10:47AM (#9724905) Homepage
    This article [] (unfortunately in German) explains the details behind a strange and secret business North-Korea has been running for some time:
    It's producing animated cartoons of more or less famous characters. The work has been outsourced from Western companies, because NorthKoreans work cheaper than anybody else on this planet and produce good quality (which you probably can't always say for Chinese correction-facility-inmates, which are reportedly even cheaper).

    Next time you watch some Sunday-morning-cartoon, think a moment of those poor people in NK.


  • I registered! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Ath ( 643782 ) on Saturday July 17, 2004 @06:20PM (#9727134)
    I gave them my home phone number and cell number. I am beginning to worry that it was not such a good idea.

    Actually, the site is pretty funny. Let's see, when you register you can select the occupation of "soldier", something I have never seen before. But I guess when 70% of your population fits that label...

    Or the page where they act as if Kim Il Sung is still alive (kind of). The guy died years ago and they are celebrating his 92nd birthday. The page says 1912-2004, as if they just recently decided to acknowledge his death.

    I just picture the people who put the site together. "We're finished!" And then they were shot.

"I shall expect a chemical cure for psychopathic behavior by 10 A.M. tomorrow, or I'll have your guts for spaghetti." -- a comic panel by Cotham