Are you using the same smartphone model as Kim Jong Un?

  • TECH
  • Saturday, 23 Jun 2018

Despite being isolated from the West, North Korea's ruling class has a taste for Western technology, including phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X. — dpa

North Korea's leader may be considered something of an outsider to Western ways, and yet it's quite possible you are using the same smartphone model as the secretive dictator.

That's according to a recent analysis by US cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, who analysed the types of technology used by the North Korean ruling class.

"Our analysis indicates that numerous American and Western-manufactured devices are being used by the North Korean elite to access the global Internet," the company said on its website.

Among the devices in use are Apple iPhones – ranging from the ageing 4S model to the recent iPhone X – and Samsung's popular Galaxy S7 and S8.

Much speculation has been made about the precise model sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has been seen in state media photos with what appears to be a smartphone hidden inside a larger case.

"At most, only the inner circle of North Korea’s leadership, such as party, military and intelligence leaders and their families, are allowed to own computers and independently utilise the global Internet," the study's authors said.

The research, which compiled information on North Korea’s technology architecture via third-party data sources, revealed how the secretive state had defied bans against them acquiring technology made in the United States.

Apple MacBooks and Windows laptops are also among the other devices used by the North Korean elite to access the Internet, according to the analysis. — dpa

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