North Korea’s Internet Is Partially Back Online

North Korea’s Internet Is Partially Back Online

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Jamie Codiffe, writing on this morning’s website, GIZMODO.com, says that North Korea’s “connection to the Internet has been partially restored.” A cyber security research team from the company Dyn Research told the BBC that North Korea’s Internet services “were partially restored — after a total of 9hrs. and 31 minutes. In particular,” the publication noted, “websites for the Korean Central News Agency and Rodong Sinmum newspaper were both back online. Those sites are the main channels for official North Korean news, according to a report out this morning by Fox News. However, the researchers warned that the “recovery could be partial, and potentially unstable.” GIZMODO added that researchers agreed yesterday that the outage was due to a Denial-of-Service-Attack (DDOS).

Doug Madory, the Director of Internet Analysis at the New Hampshire-based, Dyn Research, a company that studies Internet outages, said the problems were discovered over the weekend, and grew progressively worse to the point that “North Korea was totally down.” Mr. Madory said that the issue could have been related to a router problem; but, argued that “routing instabilities are not uncommon, but this particular outage had gone on for hours, and was getting worse instead of better. That doesn’t fit the profile of an ordinary router outage,” he added.

But, it would seem that at least some Internet access — to the North Korean elites — has been restored — at least for now. V/R, RCP

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