Internet connections between North Korea and the rest of the world is suffering one of its worst ever outages just days after Barack Obama warned of a ‘proportional response’ to the Sony hacking. Very few people in the country have access to the internet, with connections often failing.
However, the continuous problems reportedly being experienced have led experts to raise the possibility that it might be under a cyber attack. The internet connectivity problems were discovered in the last 24 hours and have gotten progressively worse to the point that ‘North Korea’s totally down.’
‘I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before,’ he told North Korea Tech.
North Korea has threatened to hit back at the White House and other US targets if it was sanctioned over the alleged hacking.
Its National Defense Commission, in a statement on the official news agency, said the North Korean army and people ‘are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.’
According to the FBI, there is ‘significant overlap’ between the Sony Pictures attack and other ‘malicious cyber-activity’ with direct links to Pyongyang, including an attack last year on South Korean banks blamed on the North. The South’s Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co (KHNP) also began conducting drills at its four nuclear plant complexes today after a series of online information leaks by a suspected hacker.
The hacker, using an account entitled ‘president of the anti-nuclear reactor group’, published a variety of information on Twitter, including designs and manuals for two reactors as well as personal information on some 10,000 KHNP employees. There did not appear to be any link between the drill and the Sony Pictures hack, and North Korea says it has never attempted or made a cyber attack on South Korea