North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

News by Teri Robinson

Security engineer Matt Bryant posted details of North Korea's registered domains after a misconfigured nameserver revealed details.

North Korea has only 28 registered domains on the internet, according to a leak that came on the heels of the misconfiguration of one of the country's nameservers. 

After all the boasting done by the country's leadership about its cyber prowess and its alleged masterminding of a breach that laid Sony Pictures Entertainment low, leaked information revealed a paltry internet presence, with many sites belonging to official departments and state news organisations, the Guardian reported. 

Misconfiguration of the nameserver revealed the domains listed under .kp. 

“One of North Korea's top-level name servers was accidentally configured to allow global [domain name system] transfers," the Guardian quoted security engineer Matt Bryant, who's credited with making the discovery, as posting on GitHub. "This allows anyone who performs [a zone transfer request] to the country's ns2.kptc.kp name server to get a copy of the nation's top-level DNS data.”

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