North Korean elites disguise internet usage, mostly to watch videos

The North Korean flag
A North Korean flag waves in the demilitarized zone. Photo: Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A new report details how North Korean elites use the internet — through a combination of internet cloaking devices and a strategic move from Western social media sites to permissible Chinese ones (avoiding a growing crackdown,) primarily in order to watch videos.

Why it matters: The elite class' internet usage is behind two veils — it is hard to get any detail from North Korea in the first place, let alone about illicit activity. The Recorded Future report fills in some detail about how the "0.1%" live in the hermit nation.