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North Korean Red Star Operating System Details Emerge

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North Korea has heavy state censors and few citizens have Internet access.

Credit: BBC News

Details have recently emerged about a homegrown North Korean computer operating system called Red Star. A report by South Korea's Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) says Red Star is designed "to control [North Korea's] own information security" and monitor user activity. The report says the operating system is designed "to control [North Korea's] own information security."

The system is Linux-based, but is heavily influenced by Microsoft and includes several versions of its Office programs. Red Star, which only runs in the Korean language, includes games, an email system called Pigeon, and Mozilla's Firefox browser.

The STPI report notes that North Korea has launched a cyberwar unit that targets sites in South Korea and the United States. The U.S. government forbids downloading and uploading open source software to several countries, including North Korea.

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