Kim Jong-Un Disconnected?: North Korea’s Internet Appears To Be Under Mass Cyber Attack
Max Fisher, writing in the December 22, 2014 website, Vox, says that “Internet connectivity between North Korea, and the outside world — though never robust to begin with — is currently suffering one of its worst outages in recent memory, suggesting the country may be enduring a mass cyber attack a few days after POTUS Obama warned, “the U.S. would launch a “proportional response,” to North Korea’s hack on Sony.”
“I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in the Korean Peninsula before.” said Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at the cyber security firm, Dyn Research, according to Martyn Williams excellent blog, North Korea Tech. Madory explained that “usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack,” he said.
North Korea does have an Internet, but, as Mr. Fisher notes, very few people have access and/or, use it. “It does allow North Korea’s state media, it’s propagandists, and its vaunted cyber warfare divisions a way to access the outside world, as well as ways for sympathetic Koreans in South Korea and Japan — to link up with the Hermit Kingdom. The country is wired through China,” Mr. Fisher notes.
Let the games begin. V/R, RCP