South Korea Thinks It Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. » 4/02/14 11:00am 4/02/14 11:00am

North Korea's State Computers Run This Delightful Mac OS X Knockoff

At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the gray, rounded windows, the whole layout; it's Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain't OS X, it's Red Star, North Korea's state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like. » 2/04/14 12:40pm 2/04/14 12:40pm

How One Group Is Infiltrating North Korea With USB Drives and Balloons

North Korea is very famously closed off from the rest of the world, but one organization—Fighters for a Free North Korea—is working to breach the walls of the regime by airdrop. But they're not using conventional means and fancy technology; they're delivering info via balloon, The Atlantic reports. » 1/15/14 6:20pm 1/15/14 6:20pm

Kim Jong-un Airbrushes "Traitor" Uncle From Official Documentary

Given his long, illustrious career as the world's premier totalitarian Photoshop expert, it should come as no surprise that, after sentencing his own uncle to execution, Kim Jong Un has ordered that the rumored counter-revolutionary be airbrushed out of a state-sponsored documentary. » 12/18/13 1:24pm 12/18/13 1:24pm

Modern Day China Painted By North Korean Propaganda Artists

At first glance, The Beautiful Future—a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea—looks like standard propaganda fare: Happy citizens, lush farmlands, and bustling industry. Except something's amiss: In the background of each painting stands an iconic piece of Beijing architecture—from the CCTV building to the … » 10/21/13 12:25pm 10/21/13 12:25pm

North Korea Used Camo Paint to Pass Off Civilian Planes as Military

Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analog route. That "military cargo plane" from a few weeks back? Nothing more than a short loan from Air Koryo and a cheap coat of camo. » 10/16/13 9:13am 10/16/13 9:13am

7 Bizarrely Fascinating Videos From a North Korean Travel Agency

It's hard not to feel a sense of simultaneous discomfort and awe while watching the fascinatingly bizarre YouTube channel of Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based travel agency specializing in trips to North Korea. » 10/04/13 9:06am 10/04/13 9:06am

Explore the Ghostly Cityscapes of North Korea In this Creepy Timelapse

Want to visit North Korea? No? Well the Koryo Group—the world's leading DPRK travel specialist—aims to change your mind with this timelapse. Is it working? » 10/03/13 2:40pm 10/03/13 2:40pm

Leaked Pics Reveal North Korea's New-Old Military Cargo Plane

Nukes aren't the only military implement North Korea's been tinkering with over the last few years. During a recent air force parade, the Hermit Kingdom reminded the world of its deadly, deadly fleet of 30-year-old attack choppers. Today, new images have surfaced of a mysterious, camouflaged cargo jet. » 8/14/13 2:05pm 8/14/13 2:05pm

North Korea Says It's Manufacturing Smartphones with "High Pixels"

North Korea is known for a lot of things: propaganda, prison camps, starving citizens. Manufacturing high-end electronics is not one of them. But who says a scrappy little country Dennis Rodman-loving totalitarian dictator can't dream? » 8/12/13 10:47am 8/12/13 10:47am

Kim Jong-un Confirms Design For a $200 Million International Airport

First Instagram, now this: An architecture and planning firm in Hong Kong has reportedly been chosen to turn a military airstrip in North Korea into an international airport. The plans show two donut-shaped terminals that could contribute to what some are describing as a tiny-but-not-imperceptible North Korean economic … » 7/29/13 6:40pm 7/29/13 6:40pm