A teenager hacked a North Korean Facebook clone with 'password' as its password

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.

Motherboard reported the appearance of the site on Friday, and within hours it was breached. The site is currently offline.

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.

NOW WATCH: A hacker reveals the easiest way to come up with a strong password that’s easy to remember

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.