North Korea's Internet has been knocked offline

North Korea’s Internet has been knocked offline

North Korea’s internet has been temporarily cut off, according to a British cybersecurity researcher.

Junaid Ali It monitors a bunch of different web and email servers in North Korea, he said Reuters On Thursday, the Asian country’s internet experienced its biggest outage in months, after suspected cyberattacks were blamed for similar outages in January.

Like the suspected attacks in January, Thursday’s outage reportedly comes amid an increase in rocket launches and other military activities from before North Koreacondemned by the United States and its allies.

Ballistic missiles

In October, North Korea fired a suspected new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that flew over Japan, prompting emergency warnings in northern Japan to shelter indoors.

The launch appeared to be a deliberate escalation by North Korea to attract the attention of Tokyo and Washington.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at the time that the launches were “outrageous and totally intolerable”, and Japan made an immediate protest to Pyongyang via Beijing.

But North Korea did not stop there.

Pyongyang also launched 25 missiles of various types – including one that landed near South Korean waters.

This was the first time since the 1945 division of the peninsula that North Korean weapons had landed close to South Korea.

When one of those North Korean missiles flew in the direction of a populated island in South Korea, it set off sirens and forced local residents to evacuate.

South Korea responded by firing guided air-to-surface missiles from jet fighters across the sea border with North Korea.

Internet disconnection

Now, nearly a month after the dust settled from those missile launches, North Korea’s internet has reportedly been offline for some time.

According to Reuters, internet access is very limited in North Korea and it is not known how many people have direct access to the global internet, but estimates generally put the number in a small part — well under 1 percent — of a population of about 25 million.

Reuters quoted cyber researcher Junade Ali as saying that at least two waves of outages hit the isolated country’s internet over a period of about 2.5 hours, culminating with an increase in network pressure that made the entire North Korean internet inaccessible.

“It’s not as if one web server is being taken offline,” Ali reportedly said, citing monitoring logs he shared with Reuters. “The strain on the network is so great that DNS servers are taken offline and eventually major routers allow traffic in and out of the entire country.”

Ali reportedly said, “From my experience and what I’ve seen before by monitoring their networks, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t an attack.”

Reuters quoted Ali as saying that the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea and Ninara, the official portal of the North Korean government, appeared to have seen the brunt of the suspected attack, before it became so large, that the entire Internet was taken offline. .

Other major sites affected included the national carrier Air Koryo and major internal email servers.

North Korea’s internet has been cut off before.

In 2015, the United States recognized that North Korea’s internet blackout was retaliation for that country early A devastating hack for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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