North Korea Loses Internet Access, No One Claims Responsibility Yet

North Korea Loses Internet Access, No One Claims Responsibility Yet

After the Sony hacking was confirmed last week by the FBI to have been a targeted attack by North Korea, the White House said it was considering a “proportional response” to the cyber attack.

We may have an idea of what the “proportional response” was now. Even though the White House will not confirm anything about the outage.

"Proportional response, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more!"
“Proportional response, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more!”
According to the New York Times, there aren’t that many internet users in North Korean, and they’ve all gone dark.

Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said that North Korean Internet access first became unstable late Friday. The situation worsened over the weekend, and by Monday, North Korea’s Internet was completely offline.

“Their networks are under duress,” Mr. Madory said. “This is consistent with a DDoS attack on their routers,” he said, referring to a distributed denial of service attack, in which attackers flood a network with traffic until it collapses under the load.

North Korea does very little commercial or government business over the Internet. The country officially has 1,024 Internet protocol addresses, though the actual number may be somewhat higher. By comparison, the United States has billions of addresses.

North Korea’s addresses are managed by Star Joint Venture, the state-run Internet provider, which routes many of those connections through China Unicom, China’s state-owned telecommunications company.

And the mockery ensued.

Perhaps while North Korean is disconnected, Sony should stop contemplating releasing “The Interview” and just get it out there quickly. One simple upload to Reddit or BitTorrent would take care of that whole “when do we release it” problem. Know what I mean?

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    I have a hard time believing Ohblablah would do something like this to his commie cousins for any reason. It’s probably China-North Korea has no money and couldn’t pay their internet bill so they got cut off.

    Aside from the Nutty Leader would anyone even notice a service shutoff over there?

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