North Korea may be going online soon now that a batch of internet addresses have been registered for it by Thailand telecommunications company Loxley Pacific.
Loxley Pacific previously made North Korea’s first mobile network, Sunnet, in 2002 and it is clear that the Pyongyang government wants to keep its new internet project within the family.
Only a paltry 1,024 internet addresses have been registered, ensuring that the majority of the 24 million people living in the country remain out of the loop.
These net addresses were purchased by North Korea several years ago, but it never got round to registering or using them, reports Computerworld. It is possible that the immortal Dear Leader and friends want to post nasty comments about the rest of the world as it faces further sanctions over accusations that it destroyed a South Korean warship.
Clearly only the Pyongyang elite will gain access to the new net connections, while the general public will be limited to the closed intranet called Kwangmyong currently in place within the country. North Korea tightly controls this and other media outlets to keep its people away from outside information and Western imperialist lies.
It is unclear what the country plans to use the connections for. Potentially they could be employed for cyber attacks against its bitter enemy South Korea, but with such a weak infrastructure it may have a hard time keeping up any form of prolonged assault. Whether it has anyone skilled enough to hack into the Republic of Korea’s networks is also unknown.