Apparent error by a regime tech worker gave the world a rare glimpse into the few online sources of information available.
The internet is awash with news and comment about North Korea – from its nuclear tests to speculation about the health of its leader, Kim Jong-un.
But its own contribution to the world wide web is tiny according to a leak that revealed the country has just 28 registered domains.
The revelation came after one of North Korea’s top-level nameservers was incorrectly configured to reveal a list of all the domain names under the domain .kp.
Many of the sites 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.
Recent Rodong Sinmun headlines include ‘Kim Jong-un sends birthday spreads to veteran scholars’ and ‘Narcotic-related crimes increase among South Korean youngsters’.