North Korea’s internet was cut off for several hours on Friday morning, as critical servers within the country could not be reached, North Korea news reported.
“Failed communication patterns indicate that North Korea’s information technology infrastructure may have been subjected to a DDOS-type attack,” said Junaid Ali, a cybersecurity researcher, which is an attempt to make the online service unavailable to users, Russia Today reported.
He added: “The intermittent connection issues, which come in waves, along with a complete router failure, indicate that this could be a DDOS attack,” explaining that “all email, web and DNS servers in the country were affected by the loss of connectivity.” .
He stressed that “North Korea suffered a complete interruption of the Internet,” noting that “the reason is not caused by a power outage, because there were problems with the connection timeout, a large loss of data, and then the routers were cut off. This would suggest to me that some form of Network stress caused this, and DDOS attacks are a common method for network stress.”
According to records compiled and reviewed by NK News, North Korean servers and websites hosted on them disappeared from the Internet around 7:40 a.m. KST and remained inaccessible for about four hours. Web domains affected by the disruption included airkoryo.com.kp, cooks.org.kp, friend.com.kp, gnu.rep.kp, kass.org.kp, and kcna.kp.
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