North Korea’s Internet link is flaky today

If you’ve been trying to connect to North Korean Internet sites in the last 24 hours, you might have been unsuccessful.

Connectivity between North Korea and the rest of the world has been spotty for much of the time, according to Dyn Research.

Look at the graph below. Each period of purple corresponds to an outage on North Korea’s Internet connection.

North Korean Internet connectivity on December 22, 2014 (Image: Dyn Research)

North Korean Internet connectivity on December 21st and 22nd, 2014 (Image: Dyn Research)

Is this related to all that’s been going on in the last few days? Possibly. North Korea’s Internet connection does suffer from periodic outages, so it could be something as mundane as network maintenance or a failing router.

On the other hand…

“I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before,” said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research. “Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently.”

17 Comments on "North Korea’s Internet link is flaky today"

  1. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

    • Ayup, what comes around, goes around! Here’s to you, Kim Dong-Goon, and yer daddy Kim Dong-Il(iterate). I’m actually a fan of yours, Kim Dong, can I come and shake your fat little hand??

  2. North Korea is flaky

  3. Humm… That’s a real shame. Hope they can figure out what’s going on. In the meantime, they could curl up with some popcorn and watch a good movie!

  4. Hi there, Martyn.

    Could you shed some light on the graph data presented by Dyn Research? I’m not quite understanding what it’s trying to represent. (Although clearly, I do. I just don’t understand the statistics.) Thanks!

  5. Joseph Zarley | December 23, 2014 at 10:15 |

    I am confident these network issues have none to do with the current saber rattling that is being reported over the Sony intrusions; just as, my confidence in the US resolve, which clearly states “Hack-Back” is a violation of the law (both US and International), “those found guilty will be prosecuted”.

  6. Who is likely responsible for targeting North Korea when their cyber space is violated? (If this is truly the case here) The Anonymous group seems to already have a history of “tit-for-tat” threat/intrusions with this State. The group is also known to have a desire for their spotlight spectacled performances, and I would not put meddling past them considering that “someone” else already stole their thunder. Media title: “Sony hack, most damaging to date” Sadly, ……..”Bigger and Bolder” is the next headline we expect to see if this ego circus continues. I just pray for those who are innocently caught in the crossfire, regardless of whose side they are on!

  7. DDOSED? Looks alot like DDOSing.. At its timed. Someone had access to ips and has backdoor entrance there for sending packets around these times.

  8. Who is so sure that NK is even responsible for trying to score points against Sony. The movie is trash, shear garbage. A comedy? Seriously? And hey, it opens on Christmas. Boy I cant wait to get to church, open the presents, have a nice dinner and spend $10.00 a ticket for a garbage movie so bad it totally ruins the entire day.

    • @A Real Winner – You’re really a sore looser. The movie was great in publicising the human right abuses and the macabre lists of atrocities that happen under KJ-Un. If you dont like it go live there, where you will see starving prisoners picking through cow dung for kernels of corn to eat, rape, forced abortions as well as mass starvation.

  9. Kim Donger Un | December 23, 2014 at 20:18 |

    First offense – 9 hours, second offense 24.

  10. hans lepoeter | December 25, 2014 at 18:03 |

    Bad. Big deal…hacking something that hardly exists….almost like doing them a favor. Putting hem on The terror list is more effective and Will do for now imho

  11. What if. North Korea pulled there own plug. motive: to blame the US for the hack, thus escalating tensions reverberating through his populous to unite them against someone doing harm to their internet. How would you feel if your Internet and 3g was not available. Secondly, he prevents his own users from accessing “the interview”
    He is quite devious you know. Ask his uncle. Oh yea. Sorry he murdered him. Stranger thinks have happened.

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