Internet problems due to attack, says ITAR TASS

Russia’s ITAR TASS news agency says problems experienced on Wednesday connecting to North Korean web sites was down to a cyberattack. [Updated, see below]

The report, which is datelined from Pyongyang, is just two sentences long and offers no evidence or details for the assertion. It’s credited to an unnamed and unidentified “informed source.”

“Internet resources of the country have come under a powerful hacker attack from abroad,” the news agency reported.

The lack of information makes it difficult to weigh the claim and the unwillingness of the source to go on-record adds a doubt.

In the past South Korea has quickly blamed North Korea for More >


North Korean sites inaccessible for now

All of the North Korean web sites that target audiences outside of the country were in accessible Wednesday morning Korean time.

The reason isn’t clear.

Reports of a single server being inaccessible are common, but the site will often come back online within a few minutes or hours. It’s presumed those single outages are usually for maintenance or a reboot of the computer on which the site runs.

This time the outage is more widespread.

The small handful of web servers in North Korea is connected to the rest of the world via two links: a main link through China Unicom and a satellite backup More >