America Strikes Back For The Sony Hack! North Korea’s Internet Is Down!
Of course, no one can prove we did this, but it’s too big of a coincidence for this to be anything other “Team America: World Police” responding to the Sony hack somehow.
North Korea’s access to the Internet has been hit with outages and is offline today, according to a network-monitoring company, days after the U.S. government accused the country of hacking into Sony Corp.’s files.
North Korea, which has four official networks connecting the country to the Internet – all of which route through China – began experiencing intermittent problems Sunday, and Monday went completely black, according to Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research in Hanover, New Hampshire.
…“The situation now is they are totally offline,” Madory said. “I don’t know that someone is launching a cyberattack against North Korea, but this isn’t normal for them. Usually they are up solid. It is kind of out of the ordinary. This is not like anything I’ve seen before.”
The attack on Sony’s computers exposed Hollywood secrets, destroyed data and caused the studio to cancel the release of “The Interview,” a comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hackers rendered thousands of computers inoperable and forced Sony to take its entire computer network offline.
The outage probably isn’t a cut of a fiber-optic cable, which would be shown in an immediate loss of connectivity, and other possible explanations include a software meltdown on North Korea’s Web routers or denial-of-service hacking attacks, Madory said.
Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters in Washington on Monday she can’t confirm reports of cyberattacks on North Korea and won’t say what steps the U.S. may take in response to the Sony attack.
“We are considering a range of options in response,” Harf said at a State Department briefing. “Some will be seen. Some may not be seen.”
I do like this response. You hack one of our companies? Then we’ll shut down the Internet in your WHOLE COUNTRY. Granted, this is North Korea; so as a practical matter it probably just means that Kim Jong-Un can’t watch videos on Netflix, but it still sends the right message. It’s a welcome one and let’s hope it continues long enough to hammer the point home: Don’t screw with America.