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Kim Il Sung University, North Korea’s most prestigious seat of higher learning, has become the first university in the country to launch a website on the global Internet.
The site is available in Korean and English and is being served from a computer in Pyongyang. It joins a handful of other websites that are run by the North Korean government and accessible from outside of the country.
The site is available at http://www.ryongnamsan.edu.kp
There’s much of what you would expect on a university website: a history, areas of study, an outline of some of the research being carried out, the university’s buildings and foreign exchange programs.
One thing you won’t find, at least in English, is much information on current research, personal sites of students or schools at the university, or even contact details.
North Korea has slowly been expanding the number of websites accessible from the global Internet since the Korean Central News Agency went online in 2010.
A larger number of sites are thought to be available on a domestic intranet — and Internet-like network that is only available within the country and does not connect to international sites.
The “clinical medicine information service system” contains details on 12,000 pharmaceuticals and 154,000 kinds of medicines from more than 50 countries, according to a report carried by Voice of Korea.
“It has also more than 15,000 words for search concerning indications, side-effects and contra-indications so that everyone can freely search information on medicines on their basis,” VOK said in its report.
A 90-second report on the system also made the Tuesday evening TV news (below), but I haven’t see a KCNA article about it yet.
From the looks of the system in the TV report, it’s based around a software program running on Windows that either runs from a local (likely) or network database. It’s not a fully online service that runs through a browser.
North Korea is continuing to strengthen its ranks of elite hackers and could have up to 3,000 of them, a North Korean defector said in Seoul on Wednesday. (Update: New information below)
Kim Heung-kwang, a former professor at Pyongyang Computer Technology University and member of the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity group, told a cyber security conference that North Korea likely has around 3,000 hackers, according to local news reports.
The state previously had around 500, but raised the number last year when the cyber warfare unit saw its status raised, Yonhap reported him as saying. The unit sits under the Reconnaissance General Bureau.
Kim told the Joong Ang Ilbo that students with computer skills are identified at a young age and sent to a middle school in Pyongyang where those skills are further developed.
The students then progress to Kim Il Sung University or the Kim Chaek University of Technology and some are even sent abroad to perfect their skills, he told the newspaper.
Kim said North Korea realized that building the ranks of cyberwarriors “costs less money than to train Army or Air Force soldiers.”
He said North Korea uses IP addresses from China for its attacks, making them difficult to trace. – The Joong Ang Ilbo, June 2, 2011.
North Korea has been blamed for a string of recent cyber attacks against South Korean banks, companies and government institutions.
Earlier this week, the South Korean military said it believed hackers in North Korea had sent e-mail messages containing malicious attachments to around 60 graduates of a military school. The extent of that hacking incident and the damage are still being evaluated.
Update 1: The Daily NK has more details from the cyber security conference, including details of North Korea’s supposed hacking center and its location. The online publication quotes information from an unnamed defector, who didn’t attend the conference out of fears for his safety.
According to the report, the hacking center is called the “No. 91 Office” and is located in a two-storey building in Dangsang-dong in the Mangkyungdae-district of Pyongyang. He defector claimed to have been inside the building several times.
In 2006, the center had a staff of about 80, all in their 20s and 30s with the exception of the leadership. The staff came from Kim Il Sung University, Chosun Computer University, Kim Chaek University of Technology and other elite schools. They frequently spoke of travel to Shenyang and Dandong in China.
An affiliated trading company, “May 18th Trading Company,” obtained equipment needed for the No.91 Office to carry out its work.
Kim Il Sung University’s Information Center has developed an IP phone system, according to a brief KCNA report on Thursday.
IP phone systems send calls as digital data over IP (Internet protocol) based networks. While widespread access to the Internet is not available in North Korea, the same IP technology is used on Kwangmyong, the nationwide intranet that connects universities and government offices.
The new system supports calls between computers, between PCs and telephones and between telephones, said KCNA.
It has various options, including video phone call and telephone meeting. It makes it possible to use telephone, IP telephone and soft telephone. – KCNA, January 27, 2011
KCNA also carried this image of people, presumably Kim Il Sung University students, using the system.
The news agency has carried one item on the university’s information center in the past. In 2007 it reported on a paduk software game called “Oryon.”
(Photo: Stephan, Flickr)
The visit of group of Chinese graduates of Kim Il Sung University to their alma mater has provided a chance to see some of the computer labs in the establishment.
Coverage of the visit was carried by both KCNA and state television, which broadcast a 40-second report on November 25th.
I’ve posted some stills from the TV report below. They show what appears to be a modern, well-equipped classroom with numerous flat-screen computer monitors and keyboards.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Kim Il Sung University is the DPRK’s top place of learning and a computer science school was established there in 2000, according to state media.
The visitors were shown a presentation in a second room that was also equipped with at least 36 computers. Unlike the first room, which looked like a computer lab, the latter room was set up for teaching and lectures.
Pyongyang, November 24 (KCNA) — A friendly meeting with the members of the alma mater-visiting group of Chinese graduates from Kim Il Sung University took place at the university on Wednesday
Present there on invitation were members of the group headed by Xu Wenji, professor of Jilin University of China.
Vice-President Jo Chol, teachers and students of the university were on hand.
Pyongyang, April 28 (KCNA) — Kim Il Sung University, the highest seat of the Juche-based education, boasts its E-Library, an ultramodern education, science information service center.
Full story: KCNA
Pyongyang, April 12 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il gave field guidance to the newly-built E-Library at Kim Il Sung University.