North Korea's Internet is Currently Down; Attack Suspected - Update

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North Korea's Internet is Currently Down; Attack Suspected - Update

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DPRK's limited Internet access is seemingly down for the count, according to researchers.

Update: The odds of the United States being behind the outage are now even slimmer, as more information about North Korea's Internet access issues come to light.

Arbor Networks has been tracking the country's network slowdown-turned-outage since Thursday night, which puts the start of the troubles before the U.S. formally named North Korea as the prime suspect in the Sony hack.

"I'm quite sure that this is not the work of the U.S. government," says Dan Holden, over on the Arbor Networks blog. "Much like a real world strike from the U.S., you probably wouldn't know about it until it was too late. This is not the modus operandi of any government work."

One group that is seemingly taking responsibility for the outage? Lizard Squad, who also claimed responsibility for taking down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network earlier this year.

So far, we've yet to see any official statement from North Korea, China, or the U.S. on the outage.

Original Post: North Korea's already limited Internet access has been experiencing widespread outages and slowdowns, according to researchers monitoring the Web.

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Dyn Research, which monitors Internet access and speeds in countries around the world, says that North Korea's Internet access has been flat-out unavailable for most of the afternoon. "I haven't seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before," said Dyn Research director Doug Madory. "Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn't be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently."

Madory said the access problems started on Friday, worsened over the weekend, and culminated in a total outage earlier today.

The last sentence is the key here, given the events of the last week. The FBI pointed to North Korea as the prime suspect in the Sony Pictures computer network hack, the aftermath of which caused the studio to cancel the release of The Interview (which they did a partial course-correction on earlier today). After North Korea was fingered as a culprit, President Obama said the U.S. would launch a "proportional response."

There is no way to know if this outage is that response, unless the U.S. government admits as much (or if China or North Korea starts that conversation). The outage could be completely unrelated, or it could be tied to China, who brings Internet access into North Korea via its own connections (thus giving it some level of control over the access). It could even be a third-party hacker group, taking up some sort of hacktivist flag.

Hopefully a clearer answer presents itself soon, and we will update accordingly if and when a cause is named.

Source: North Korea Tech | Vox

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There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Ukomba:
There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Just read about this after your post, since I don't play WoW to know what's going on there. Some interesting rumours, but I was under the impression that most gold farmers were China-based ops. If true, chat's probably going to be no better than it ever was.

World War 1 started when someone assassinated an Archduke...
World War 2 started when Germany invaded Poland...
World War 3 started when...someone decided to make another crappy Seth Rogan movie... >.>

Gonna be fun to grow old and tell that story. :P

He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. In North Korea's case, he who makes idle threats with a non-existent sword, dies by a real sword. In words from the 'hood: don't be startin' shit if you can't handle shit.

How dare they hack us for doing things they don't like! Let's hack them for doing things we don't like!

frizzlebyte:

Ukomba:
There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Just read about this after your post, since I don't play WoW to know what's going on there. Some interesting rumours, but I was under the impression that most gold farmers were China-based ops. If true, chat's probably going to be no better than it ever was.

I'm sure there are gold farmers everywhere, but NK did have a large income off it:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2011/08/08/kim-jong-ils-latest-cash-source-is-mmo-gold-farming/

I wonder how many people the Great Leader will execute when he loses patience with having no Netflix over the weekend.

And thus starts the age of cyber warfare, where nerds are our finest warriors.

Aeshi:
How dare they hack us for doing things they don't like! Let's hack them for doing things we don't like!

There's no evidence that any government is involved in this. According to a story I read on another site, experts have said this could literally be the result of a single individual or small group. Think Anon getting up to their old tricks.

Besides, there's a small difference here. North Korea hacked a private company and has threatened to do worse. This is basically preventing them from doing anything whatsoever.

I seriously look forward to how they will try to spin this. I consider them a comedy act that doesn't know it, yet. North Korea can't do anything yet seems to think they are a Super Power. All the double think that goes on in a single North Korean press release is comedy gold.

"We didn't hack Sony. We do think the people who did it were awesome, though. Also, the US government was behind the production of this movie. We'd like to work beside the capitalist pigs in America to find the people who framed us. This is only the beginning and American can expect worse in retaliation for this film."

That basically sums up their statements in the last couple days.

This almost all sounds like Seth Rogan just pranking all of us. There is just no way all this is real, and has to be some kind of skit for LAWLS.

So Kim Jong Un's internet is out? Quite a shame. Because I imagine the other 99% of the country is more or less just grateful to eat and not be in prison(if they aren't in prison). I imagine working internet is not high on their priority list.

Though I'm sure heads will roll with Glorius leader can't play dungeon keeper mobile.

Ukomba:

frizzlebyte:

Ukomba:
There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Just read about this after your post, since I don't play WoW to know what's going on there. Some interesting rumours, but I was under the impression that most gold farmers were China-based ops. If true, chat's probably going to be no better than it ever was.

I'm sure there are gold farmers everywhere, but NK did have a large income off it:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2011/08/08/kim-jong-ils-latest-cash-source-is-mmo-gold-farming/

I couldn't help but laugh at this line from the article:

North Korea's elite science universities

Saltyk:
I consider them a comedy act that doesn't know it, yet.

I like to refer to the country as the "World's Wackiest Dictatorship".

The only reason I doubt it's hackers is simply because they never seem to hack anyone who deserves it. They will universally hack the likes of Sony and just mess with everyone's day who uses their platform. But hacking a county to make a statement? That is way too big of an actual statement to make.

This is becoming bizarre. I'm starting to wonder if this is some cosmic prank instigated by a mischievous trickster deity

Aiddon:
This is becoming bizarre. I'm starting to wonder if this is some cosmic prank instigated by a mischievous trickster deity

Or the Chinese found the pirate internet cable the North Koreans snuck across the border into their country and cut it, probably leaving a note that says "Very funny, Fatty Boy. Steal internet from us again and next time we nuke your ass. .

RJ 17:

World War 3 started when...someone decided to make another crappy Seth Rogan movie... >.>

Gonna be fun to grow old and tell that story. :P

I honestly don't know what people are smoking. The U.S cyber security force resorting to kiddy scripts?

OH, lord the U.s has shown their mighty power by knocking out the internet for a nation were only a small minority have access, how long can they keep it up? hours? Days? All those people who are addicted to facebook will die!

Once again the masses don't shy from being ignorant. The corruption and the shittyness of Sony's cyber security is ignored.

mad825:

RJ 17:

World War 3 started when...someone decided to make another crappy Seth Rogan movie... >.>

Gonna be fun to grow old and tell that story. :P

I honestly don't know what people are smoking. The U.S cyber security force resorting to kiddy scripts?

OH, lord the U.s has shown their mighty power by knocking out the internet for a nation were only a small minority have access, how long can they keep it up? hours? Days? All those people who are addicted to facebook will die!

Once again the masses don't shy from being ignorant. The corruption and the shittyness of Sony's cyber security is ignored.

I never said that the US did this, what matters is whether or not North Korea thinks the US did it. The problem is that with a nut-job like Kim Jong-un running things, it doesn't matter whether or not the US did this so long as he can use this as an excuse to do something stupid.

Wait... I thought Lizard Squad closed it's doors.

legend forge:
Wait... I thought Lizard Squad closed it's doors.

Yeah, I thought Lizard Squad's members where arrested and in imprisoned? Or has Lizard Squad become the new Anonymous and anyone can just become a Lizard Squad Member without actually being one?

OT: I think this will just anger North Korea, and not really solve anything...

RJ 17:
World War 1 started when someone assassinated an Archduke...
World War 2 started when Germany invaded Poland...
World War 3 started when...someone decided to make another crappy Seth Rogan movie... >.>

Gonna be fun to grow old and tell that story. :P

Oh yeah. It makes me wonder what percentage of the population will lean Absurdist by then.

Mr.Mattress:

legend forge:
Wait... I thought Lizard Squad closed it's doors.

Yeah, I thought Lizard Squad's members where arrested and in imprisoned? Or has Lizard Squad become the new Anonymous and anyone can just become a Lizard Squad Member without actually being one?

OT: I think this will just anger North Korea, and not really solve anything...

Wasn't that lulzsec or something?

OT: I've got nothing, this whole situation is silly and completely unnecessary.

RJ 17:

I never said that the US did this, what matters is whether or not North Korea thinks the US did it. The problem is that with a nut-job like Kim Jong-un running things, it doesn't matter whether or not the US did this so long as he can use this as an excuse to do something stupid.

Kim Jong Un doesn't need an excuse. Pretty much every thing the NK does is some variety of stupid or assholishness. Hell, they're pitching a fit right now because the UN is just talking about their human rights record(calling the people who investigated "Human scum"). They threaten to test nukes(on their own arable land) if we don't send them more emergency aid, and if we send it, they still threaten us.

This movie thing just proves how incredibly hypersensitive they are, which is even more bizarre considering how they make terrible anti-american propaganda films all the time which are so bad as to be unintentionally hilarious. But A comedy film is taking things too far, apparently.

Wait... North Korea has internet?! Well, I learned something today.

Baresark:
The only reason I doubt it's hackers is simply because they never seem to hack anyone who deserves it. They will universally hack the likes of Sony and just mess with everyone's day who uses their platform. But hacking a county to make a statement? That is way too big of an actual statement to make.

you have to realize that in terms of big, Sony and Xbox networks are far larger than government networks. if (and thats a big if) they were really the people behind xbox live crash, then NK is indeed a piece of cake for them.

mad825:

I honestly don't know what people are smoking. The U.S cyber security force resorting to kiddy scripts?

HOIC may be a "kiddy script" but its as good at taking down networks as anything.

TKretts3:
Wait... North Korea has internet?! Well, I learned something today.

It even has national statistics website in which you can find such great gems like "Men hair lenght in 2006". and yes, that website work, you just have to be patient as it takes literally 5 minutes to load the page.

So does this mean the film is going to be releaed now since there is no way they can retaliate again unless they send a nuke (which will be shot down) or some spies over?

TKretts3:
Wait... North Korea has internet?! Well, I learned something today.

I believe I read somewhere that about 400.000 internet connections exist in NK, but pretty much only Kim Jong whoever has access to the juicy non-NK part the internet. I don't think Youporn works on NK's "residential" web, for as far as that exists.
EDIT: Well there you have it, as Guilion said before me; no access to most sites from a modded Firefox

Strazdas:

Baresark:
The only reason I doubt it's hackers is simply because they never seem to hack anyone who deserves it. They will universally hack the likes of Sony and just mess with everyone's day who uses their platform. But hacking a county to make a statement? That is way too big of an actual statement to make.

you have to realize that in terms of big, Sony and Xbox networks are far larger than government networks. if (and thats a big if) they were really the people behind xbox live crash, then NK is indeed a piece of cake for them.

My point is that they never hack anyone for actually doing something actually wrong (more like for policies they don't agree with). I never doubted the capabilities of anyone to do it. Also, now that those trolls as Lizard Squad have come forward, clearly I was mistaken. I don't care though, I will never agree with what they do. It's just wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Every time I read about something that has happened to NK or that the current Kim Jong has done my brain just adds Yakety Sax as background music. I know it's a brutal dictatorship and numerous people are suffering but their idle threats and ridiculous grandstanding just make it all seem incredibly wacky when it really shouldn't. Maybe that's their plan?

I can just imagine Kim sitting down at his computer wearing his robe and bunny slippers giddy with excitement to look at lolcatz and then finding out the internet is down. "Curse you, capitalist pig-dogs!". And then Yakety Sax plays as he runs around the palace shaking his fist at the heavens while all his loyal subjects follow in a furious tizzy.

A German satire website put it this way: "Glorious Leader Kim Jong Un saves North Korean internet by unplugging the country's sole Fritz!box and plugging it back in!"

Ukomba:
There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Sorry that's their wacky Southern cousins that do that shit, you're lucky if even 10 people in North Korea get to use the minimal internet they have there.

Charli:

Ukomba:
There goes the Gold Farmer economy. WoW might actually be playable with the chat's un-muted.

Sorry that's their wacky Southern cousins that do that shit, you're lucky if even 10 people in North Korea get to use the minimal internet they have there.

As I posted up higher, a couple years ago, there was a report that the North Korean Government was actually trying to use it as a source of cash.

North Korea Over. Virus = Very Yes.

Aaand the country has just wet itself.

Join me now! The system...is down! The system...is down!

(No, I had nothing to do with it. Mad Skillz, I no can haz.)

freaper:

Mr.Mattress:

legend forge:
Wait... I thought Lizard Squad closed it's doors.

Yeah, I thought Lizard Squad's members where arrested and in imprisoned? Or has Lizard Squad become the new Anonymous and anyone can just become a Lizard Squad Member without actually being one?

OT: I think this will just anger North Korea, and not really solve anything...

Wasn't that lulzsec or something?

I believe lulzsec got taken out, lizard had a member arrested and a couple of members were on the run but still going. They may have recruited along the way.

I thought Lizard Squad was finished? Are they actually still up and trying to get some cred or something?

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