Engadget is reporting:
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (that’s “North Korea” to the common man) has just four networks that connect to the world wide web — and none of them are working today. “The situation now is they are totally offline,” Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn Research told Bloomberg. After a weekend of spotty connections, the country’s pipeline to the outside world reportedly went down this morning. “This isn’t normal for them,” Madory said. “Usually they are up solid. It is kind of out of the ordinary. This is not like anything I’ve seen before.”
This could be payback for the recent Sony hack or it could be something far worse as North Korea has recently threatened the United States with violence over the recent finger pointed right at them by the FBI.
More information from the NYT:
“Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said that North Korean Internet access first became unstable late Friday. The situation worsened over the weekend, and by Monday, North Korea’s Internet was completely offline. ‘Their networks are under duress,’ Mr. Madory said. ‘This is consistent with a DDoS attack on their routers,’ he said, referring to a distributed denial of service attack, in which attackers flood a network with traffic until it collapses under the load.”
It seems highly unlikely that their connections would simply go offline due to poor maintenance exactly around the time when the US is considering how to respond to the latest hacks. Personally, this Dirty Conservative thinks it may have something to do with China as the DPRK’s traffic runs entirely through the Chinese. I believe it is probable that the two incidents are connected.
I’ll update as the story unfolds.