Could it be that the United States has finally hit back against North Korea’s cyberaggression?

All 1,024 of North Korea’s Internet protocol addresses have gone dark, and internet monitors are calling the outage one of the worst network failures in years.

From the Washington Post:

The connectivity problems are coming just days after President Obama warned of a “proportional response” to North Korea, which is suspected of breaking into Sony’s network in a major cyber hack. It’s not yet known whether the United States is responsible for the downtime. But according to Dyn Research — which earlier this year bought the respected network analysis firm Renesys — North Korea’s Internet is currently showing unusual amounts of instability.

Is this an attack? The chances aren’t zero, considering that the few North Koreans who can actually get online tend to be government and military officials. Even if the outages are the result of somebody’s deliberate act, proving that the United States did it would be difficult.

According to the New York Times, if this was us (and it had better be us, even if we’ll never admit it) it would mean that US intelligence is trying something completely different. Normally, American cyberwarfare (that we know about) goes the “espionage” route and focuses on data grabs.

As North Korea Tech points out, North Korea’s connection to the rest of the world does tend to suffer from periodic outages. As of now, none of the major “hacking collectives” (think Anonymous) have taken credit for the attack, so it could be something as simple as an unplugged router or…you know…some dust. In an outlet.

So it could be that.



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