U.S. not taking responsibility

North Korea’s internet takes a hit on Monday

North Korea’s internet went down on Monday, following a weekend of spotty coverage, according to multiple news reports. The outage comes only days after President Obama said that the U.S. “will respond proportionally” to North Korea regarding the FBI’s allegations that the solitary nation was responsible for the immense hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The North Korean internet outage was spotted by Dyn Research’s director of Internet analysis Doug Madory who told several news organizations that the country’s four networks that connect to the rest of the internet were offline. Bloomberg News noted that North Korea’s four networks (in comparison, the U.S. has over 152,000 similar networks) all pass through China.

Madory was not able to declare whether someone was indeed hacking North Korea, but he told Bloomberg News, “It is kind of out of the ordinary. This is not like anything I’ve seen before.”

The Dyn Research director gave a few more details to the New York Times saying that the outage appears similar to what occurs during a DDoS attack, in which network routers are bombarded with so much traffic, they end up failing.

CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince also confirmed to the New York Times that North Korea’s internet is offline.

Considering North Korea’s general populace does not have regular access to the web, the country’s citizens aren’t probably feeling the effects of the outage, according to the Times. North Korea’s elite and its cyber army are probably reeling, however.

If it turns out that the U.S. is responsible for bringing down the North Korean internet, the Times noted that it would be quite a shift for the U.S. as most cases of U.S. cyber espionage center around the collecting of data, not the shutting down of systems.

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman told Washington reporters that the U.S. is unable to confirm the hacking reports on North Korea, and she wouldn’t outline how the U.S. plans to respond to the original Sony hack.

5 Responses to “North Korea’s internet takes a hit on Monday”

  1. Now then .. looks like a bit of risk assessment bit.ly/1x9cKEm is in order for North Korea too. As much as I don’t want to indulge in the mudslinging towards them (and their lack of humor) for the Sony hit .. I also don’t believe USA is quite pulling this off openly.

  2. It looks like both of their computers are down.

    I really hope the USA is behind this.

    Unfortunately, I think Obama doesn’t have the balls to pull this off.

    He allowed ISIS to flourish, Putin to run amok in Eastern Europe, and North Korea to continually make threats against the US.

    Internationally and domestically he is in over his head. He ruined health insurance. My health insurance is up to $450/month from just $200/month. My car insurance is currently only $25/month (from Insurance Panda) and renter’s only $15/month (from Eagle)…both private enterprise… but who knows when Obama will try to step in and socialize that?

    Most likely, China (their provider) just cut off their connection.

    In the meantime, Kim will have to watch his porn from DVDs until the internet is reconnected.

    • Wow – the only thing he appears to have allowed to flourish is serious ignorance, by not letting you avail Obamacare for your mental impoverishment. Since when was it Obama’s job to control ISIS or Putin (and are you truly that delusional to believe he, or for that matter any US president ‘could’ have stopped it?) And for all their threats, North Korea would never indulge in direct warfare with the US if they are sensible enough.