Over the weekend, as North Korean officials demanded a “joint investigation” into the Sony attacks and denied culpability — an assertion the United States rejected — Internet service began to get wobbly. By early Monday, the Internet went as dark as one of those satellite photographs showing the impoverished country by night.
Given their limited connectivity, I wouldn’t be surprise if it could be taken down by a single computer at someone’s house.
I think the whole world was surprised when NK announced that they would allow tourists to access the 3G network while there. Then suddenly, the 3G option was shut down.
“3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK,” Koryo Tours has said. “Sim cards can still be purchased to make international calls but no internet access is available.”
– read whole article here
Now, let’s put a few things together shall we and see what you see.
Timeline of events:
- March 1 – North Korea to allow mobile internet for foreigners
- March 20 – South Korea hit by a cyber attack
- March 22 – South Korea misidentifies China as cyberattack origin
- March 25 – North Korea revokes 3G web access for tourists after just a month
A little bit of details about the attack itself.
“Discovering that the code was from China makes it more likely that the attack was from North Korea, because a lot of North Korean hackers operate there,” said Ryou Jae Cheol, a professor of computer engineering and securities at Chungnam National University. “Who else would be making this kind of attack at this scale and timing other than North Korea?” — Bloomberg Businessweek, March 21, 2013.
But wait….didn’t they back-peddle and say it was a mis-identification?
Does anyone else here see the politics and ‘lets be nice to the whiny baby up north’ tactics being used? I sure as hell do.
And gee…I wonder how they got access to remote machines….< he says, covertly pointing to the March 1 link….>.