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North Korea has created a fake version of South Korea's largest internet portal, Naver, in a large scale phishing attempt, Seoul's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said on Wednesday. The fake portal,, mimics by providing a complete replica of real-time news, advertisement banners and even detailed …

  1. Flak

    Does NK not have something better to do

    ... like feed its people and let them / allow them to live in peace?

    1. Claverhouse Silver badge

      Re: Does NK not have something better to do

      The Norks do give their flock peace --- as with most totalitarian states the social and spiritual costs are high; but there is safety. Not having a hundred thousand bombs raining from the sky, as on the last American visit to introduce American values must ensure some peace of mind.

      1. Flak

        Re: Does NK not have something better to do

        Do you mean like lock them in their country, punish not only a perpetrator (in the eyes of the regime), but also their children and grandchildren, executions, other human rights violations and curtailment of liberties? Not much of a peace that.

      2. Potemkine! Silver badge

        Re: Does NK not have something better to do

        What safety can you have when you can be locked by the State at any moment in a Dachau-like concentration camp with your children and parents?

      3. Roj Blake Silver badge

        Re: Does NK not have something better to do

        "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

        - Benjamin Franklin

    2. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Does NK not have something better to do

      Most of their tiny civilian budget is focused on feeding its people, having turned basically every plot of land that isn't occupied by a military base or factory into a farm, even those plots that are not very good at being farms (a policy that has resulted in widespread crop destruction before after significant ecological damage). As for letting their citizens have peace, that's a bad idea for a dictatorship that has chosen the full Stalinism leadership style option, one they seem very gleeful to continue using.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "shut down the now inaccessible phishing site"

    Um, if it's inaccessible, isn't it shut down ?

    And how will South Korea shut down a web site hosted in North Korea (I'm supposing it is hosted there) ?

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: "shut down the now inaccessible phishing site"

      It is not hosted in North Korea. North Korea has a very small address block, and I wouldn't be surprised that that block is firewalled in a lot of places anyway. It's far too obvious if you're running a phishing site. The actual address appears to be hosted by Cloudzy, formerly Router Hosting, a company in the United States.

      South Korea could attempt to get that company to stop hosting it. They could also try to get the domain name revoked. Both would not prevent North Korea from setting up a new phishing site using a different name and address, but it could interfere with it at least a little.

    2. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Re: "shut down the now inaccessible phishing site"

      I presume that it was asked to be shut down, and because of that, it was made inaccessible. Two events that took place during the same sentence. Or two events referred to in the same sentence which is written in past tense.

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