North Korea’s Official Government Site
Uses ThemeForest

by posted in Case Studies
Apr 19
2012

Wired.com love to dig for the truth. And when they dug into the source code of North Korea’s official government site, they found the word “envatowebdesign”. It’s true – they bought their site template from ThemeForest for just $15.

Files from Envato’s marketplaces keep turning up in places we never expect. This one takes the cake. The theme in question is Blender HTML Portfolio Template by ignitethemes.

Wired explain that the discovery was made by a political science student:

Michael DiTanna, a junior at Fordham, got an assignment in his Korean history/political science course to browse North Korean official media and analyze its content. He quickly checked out the official webpage — and decided to check under the hood…

I had to present on this in class and everyone was pretty shocked.

Given that the site is being used to propogate North Korea’s socialist ideology, I’m not sure whether congratulations to ignitethemes are in order.

The real win is that ThemeForest received such “interesting” attention on Wired.com’s front page today.

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  1. codingjack on the 19th April

    Definately a win for ThemeForest. Because anyone who actually visits will realize these aren’t cookie cutter templates like the $15 price implies. They’re actually pretty amazing pieces of work at an even more amazing price.

  2. KenAudio on the 19th April

    Well….should I laugh or cry:-)…..

    Anyway…it’s pretty strange that these dictators use western intelligence to represent themselves…..

  3. chrismccoy on the 20th April

    hah awesome ;)

  4. Michael DiTanna on the 20th April

    I’ve used themeforest for a while. Always happy to support :)

    • Adrian Try on the 20th April

      Thanks a lot, Michael. Amazing discovery!

  5. Mehul Kanani on the 22nd April

    Themeforest is Evergreen Community.

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