04 Aug '11, 6am

N.Koreans allegedly reaching outside world via Internet

MORE North Koreans are apparently surfing the Web to find out about their country's ties with South Korea and the US, and other issues affecting them, according to the US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA). Questions have been raised over the surfers' identities as the autocratic communist state has severely restricted Internet access for fear that it could be used as a conduit to share their democratic aspirations. According to RFA, six Internet protocols originating from the North have accessed its website via Google since early this year, and the number of hits to the website from the protocols has steadily increased in recent months with 24 times recorded this July. After tracking the IPs, RFA also found that the viewers used Microsoft's Window XP operating system to search or gather information on subjects banned by the reclusive state. The surfers accessed the site mostly ...

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