North Korea 10 years late with software system

SEOUL, April 6 (BestGrowthStock) – Reclusive North Korea has
developed its own computer software operating system that is
heavy on security, greatly influenced by Microsoft and about 10
years out of date.

North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated states that
tries to cut off the flow of information from the outside
world. It teaches students about the Internet by showing them
photocopied papers of computer monitors.

The Korean language system whose name translates as “Red
Star” is about as advanced as systems that came out a decade
ago and is likely not coming to computers in the outside world
anytime soon, a South Korean government think tank said in a
report obtained on Tuesday.

“Due to few applicable programmes available, Red Star will
not even be easily distributed in North Korea,” the Science and
Technology Policy Institute said after obtaining the software
and running a detailed analysis.

“North Korea has created a computer operating system where
it can control its own information security.”

The few North Korean civilians who can access the Internet
only see a few sites that have been approved by state censors.

Pyongyang also has launched a cyber war unit that targets
computer sites in South Korea, the United States and other
places that has become a growing concern for regional powers,
intelligence officials have said.

Red Star uses the Korean folk song “Arirang”, popular on
both sides of the peninsula, as its start-up music and numbers
years using its its “juche” (self-reliance) calendar, which
starts counting from the birth of state founder Kim Il-sung.

The Linux-based Red Star system borrows heavily from early
versions of Microsoft and has knock-off copies of the computer
giant’s word processing, spread sheet and power point
programmes, the report said.

It also runs numerous security programmes designed to let
authorities keep tabs on what North Korean computer users have
been up to that also prevent outsiders from getting in.

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(Reporting by Christine Kim and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by
Nick Macfie)

North Korea 10 years late with software system