Someone in North Korea created a clone version of Facebook and it was hacked just a few hours later.
And by hacked, we mean an 18-year-old from Scotland named Andrew McKean threw in the default credentials of “admin” and “password” to give him full control over the site, Motherboard reports.
When it was online, the site appeared to have been built using phpDolphin, a $43 software suite that allows anyone to build a social networking site. The site’s demo uses the username “admin” and password of “password” for login, and as it turns out, so did the North Korean version.
Apparently, someone forgot to change the defaults.
“Was easy enough,” McKean told Motherboard.
The dashboard for phpDolphin allows admin users to manage users, change the site’s title, theme, and other functionality.
It’s still not clear who created the site, but Motherboard found its domain name being within the Hermit Kingdom.
Whether it could be a social network only to be used inside the country or for some other purpose, remains unknown, but its user base certainly won’t be approaching anything like the real Facebook: In a country of 25 million, only about a few thousand have access to the internet, and even that is heavily censored.