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North Korea opens up a second internet connection enabled by Russian Federation

North Korea opens up a second internet connection enabled by Russian Federation”

As the USA reportedly conducts a denial-of-service attack against North Korea's access to the Internet, the regime of Kim Jong Un has gained another connection to help a select few North Koreans stay connected to the wider world-thanks to a Russian telecommunications provider.

The new link supplements one from China and will provide back-up to Pyongyang at a time the United States government is reportedly attacking its Internet infrastructure and pressuring China to end all business with North Korea.

Dyn Research, which monitors worldwide internet traffic flows, said it had seen Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom routing North Korean traffic since Sunday.

China Unicom was previously the telecommunications company reportedly responsible for carrying the internet traffic in and out of North Korea. It also increases the country's global bandwidth.

The Washington Post reported earlier that the US Cyber Command has been carrying out denial-of-service attacks against hackers from North Korea created to limit their access to the internet.

Those attacks were part of a broader effort to clamp down on the Hermit Kingdom and force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

As the US cracks down on North Korea, Russia is giving the rogue state a cyber lifeline.

Martyn Williams, an expert on North Korean technology who first reported on the new connection at the website 38 North, wrote that "relying on one Internet provider has always left North Korea in a precarious situation". North Korea is suspected to have thousands of cyberwarriors.

North Korea claims 4.7 million of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military since leader Kim Jong-un threatened to "tame" US President Trump "with fire" last week, North Korean state media reported.

US officials said that this was another example of Russian Federation quietly undermining sanctions as China put increased pressure on North Korea. "That could potentially escalate tensions between the US and Russian Federation".

TransTelCom's owner is a railway company that is run by the Russian Federation government and has fiber optic cables following all the main railroad lines of the country, including right up to the border with North Korea.

"It's a win-win for Russia", Boland said.

"The addition of Russian transit would create new internet path out of the country, increasing its resilience and worldwide bandwidth capacity", Doug Madory, who analyzes global internet connectivity over at Dyn Research said in a statement, according to 38North.



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