North Korea is a country known for its inability to embrace the Internet. As a matter of fact, most of its citizens only have access to an intranet estimated to host about 1,000 – 5,500 government-approved websites.
However, Motherboard reported that a social network which looks exactly like Facebook had been approved in North Korea. The domain of the website — .kp — points to North Korea. P.S.: Most North Korean websites’ servers are located in China, not North Korea, so the .kp domain name is very rare.
Shortly after Motherboard reported that it also reported that the site had been hacked by an 18-year-old college student from Scotland and you won’t believe how he easily hacked it. Andrew McKean clicked on the “Admin” link at the bottom, which brought up the login page where he tried using “admin” and “password” as the login details. Yup! It worked!
Oya, North Korea, clap for yourselves.
From there he could “delete, suspend users, change the site’s name, censor certain words, manage the eventual ads, and see everyone’s emails.” The hack was spotted because McKean changed one of the sponsored ad spots on the page to say “Uh, I didn’t create this site just found the login.. @mckeany_”
Nobody knows what was planned for the social network (It is currently unavailable) and it is unlikely that North Korea will issue a statement, but whoever created it using that password needs this.