Paranoid: North Korea's computer operating system mirrors its political one

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By Jeremy Wagstaff and James Pearson SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's homegrown computer operating system mirrors its political one, according to two German researchers*who have delved into the code: a go-it-alone approach, a high degree of paranoia and invasive snooping on users. The researchers, Florian Grunow and Niklaus Schiess of German IT security company ERNW GmbH, spoke to Reuters before*presenting their findings to the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg on Sunday, a gathering of hackers and security researchers. The operating system is not*just the pale copy of western ones that many have assumed, they concluded after downloading the software from a website outside North Korea and exploring the code in detail, "(Late leader) Kim Jong Il said North Korea should develop a system of their own," said Grunow.