Update: After nearly 10 hours of downtime, North Korea's limited access to the Internet has been reestablished.
Just days after the United States pointed the finger at North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, the country’s connection to the Internet has gone cold.
Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, points out that North Korea has four official networks that connect the country to the Internet. All of them, which are routed through China, began experiencing issues over the weekend and are totally offline today.
Madory added that he didn’t know if someone is launching a cyber attack against the country but it isn’t normal for them to be down like this. It’s unlike anything he’s seen before, he added, and is consistent with a distributed denial of service attack.
While there’s no concrete evident of an attack at this hour, the shutdown comes just days after President Obama vowed to launch a “proportional response” to the attack on Sony Pictures. Obama reached out to China and asked for their help in limiting North Korea’s ability to launch cyber attacks.
Late last week, Sony elected to pull the controversial movie at the center of the Sony attack because several major theaters said they wouldn’t play the film. Scuttlebutt suggests Sony might release the movie on another platform – possibly via BitTorrent – although nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
All things considered, an Internet outage in North Korea isn’t a serious detriment considering the majority of the country’s citizens already live without access.