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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > North Korea Has Its Own Computer OS

North Korea Has Its Own Computer OS

North Korea Has Its Own Computer OS

Added: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
German researchers came to a conclusion that North Korea’s national computer OS called Red Star resembles its political system, since it features a high degree of paranoia and invasive snooping on users. Indeed, their investigation illustrates how the government tries to embrace the benefits of computing and the worldwide web and to keep a tight grip on ideas and culture at the same time.

According to the research, the OS is not just the pale copy of western systems. As you may know, the North Korean rudimentary intranet system does not connect to the Internet, but does allow access to state media and some officially approved websites. The country has been developing its own OS for more than a decade. Its latest version was developed a couple years ago and was based on Fedora version of Linux. However, the system appeared to be unique, even with its own version of encrypting files. In fact, the researchers found that the government controls most of the OS code. Apparently, the country wants to avoid any code that might be compromised by intelligence agencies. The researchers suggest that North Korea may want to be independent of other operating systems because they fear back doors.

At the same time, it remains unknown how many computers are running Red Star OS – although private computer use increases in the country, most machines still use Windows XP, which is nearly 15 years old today. As for Red Star, it is very hard to tamper with – if you try to make any changes to core functions, for example try to disable its antivirus checker or firewall, the PC will display an error message or reboot. At the same time, the OS addresses a more pressing concern – cracking down on the ever increasing sharing of foreign films, music and books. Unlike in the rest of the world, illegal media is usually exchanged offline in North Korea – on USB sticks and microSD cards. To fight such exchange, Red Star tags or watermarks every document or media file on a PC or on any USB stick connected to it, thus allowing to trace all files.

Unlike expectations, the researchers found no sign in the OS of the kinds of cyber-attack capability the country has been widely accused of. It should be noted that North Korea is not the only country to try to develop a bespoke OS – for example, Cuba has National Nova, while China, Russia and other countries have also made attempts to build their own systems.

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Date:  Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-12-29 16:57:01)
hotbanana07 avatarThanks for sharing.

posted by (2015-12-30 08:06:36)
shivababa avatarAccording to Snowden the UK and USA have been doing this for many years.

posted by (2016-01-02 22:34:05)
No avatarshivababa you right.

posted by ET junkieET lovermen (2016-01-03 01:34:48)
TheCuz avatarNorth Korea is like a pimple on your azz...Ya know its there but ya just cant reach it .... Sooner or later I think were all just gonna have to erase these stupid lil troublemakers that rule over there and set the people free from the threat of w0-fattie pudgelips Junior or whatever that leaders name is there that I forgot. ROFL

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-01-03 02:02:33)
Embolism avatarwhilst we all know Microsoft is monitored to the hilt and is not invulnerable to mass monitoring by fusion centers and everyone else all standard Linux including fedora which I use does not ship with the same software as Backtrack and so is not set up for vulnerability testing,probing,monitoring,packet decryption etc,etc it does not mean you cannot go to sourceforge or other development sites and add any programs you wish to make the system into anything you like for free which is what makes Linux the choice of many from the French government to security analysts in fact to all who would be egregious in their choice of what can be a superlative O/S for free. (:^D)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-01-03 02:27:23)
Embolism avatarfedora also dual boots very easily with windows xp and has done since fedora 8,fedora 23 (latest) which I tested recently has some issues with certain graphics drivers and so any wishing to try it out may wish to go for fedora 22 which has had previous issues resolved. (:^D)

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