Monday, December 22, 2014

North Korea Experiencing Severe Internet Outages, White House Refuses To Say Whether America Is Responsible

Which means, WE ARE.

See, every once in awhile Obama does something I like.

From AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." 
The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible. President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. government expected to respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., which he described as an expensive act of "cyber vandalism" that he blamed on North Korea. 
Obama did not say how the U.S. might respond, and it was not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems represented the retribution. The U.S. government regards its offensive cyber operations as highly classified. 
"We aren't going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options or comment on those kind of reports in anyway except to say that as we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

North Korea insists they are not behind the Sony hacking:

North Korea Demands America “Apologize To Mankind” For Making “The Interview” Movie


NoKo's Internet Is Very Puny, Weak, and Vulnerable to Penetration Due To It's Very Small Size

From Business Insider:
The country's internet is only accessed by a handful of people, so it doesn't take much to force it offline. Officially North Korea only has 1,024 IP addresses. But the problem could be due to someone launching a cyberattack on the country. 
"It would not take much to shut down such access since they are not privy to diverse and redundant Internet routes," Jeff Bardin, Chief Intelligence Officer of internet security company Treadstone 71 told Business Insider in an email. 
"This would be a fairly easy action by a nation state to bring NK's internet activity to a halt."

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