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article imageN.Korea's Internet back, and yes, they do have Internet, kind of!

By Sravanth Verma     Dec 23, 2014 in World
North Korea experienced widespread Internet outage a few hours ago, but the Internet seems to be back for the country. Just how stable the connection is, is currently unclear according to US-based Internet monitoring company Dyn Research.
The network was down for nine hours and 31 minutes before services resumed. Jim Cowie, chief scientist at the company, said: “The question for the next few hours is whether it will return to the unstable fluctuations we saw before the outage.”
Some websites such as the the nation’s official KCNA news agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were up as of Tuesday, 23 December. The US government has officially placed the blame for the Sony hacking scandal on the North Korean government, and Barack Obama had termed it an “act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.” However, it is as yet unclear whether the outage had anything to do with the US government.
Security researchers had questioned the US government's claim. "I have yet to see evidence of North Korea behind this," said Kyle Wilhoit, a senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, a Japanese security firm. Wilhoit points out that though the FBI seems a similarity between the code used for the Sony hack and that found in North Korean malware, this isn't a sure sign that the perpetrators are the same.
For those wondering just what sort of an Internet the isolated, impoverished country has, according to the Verge, the nation has just 1024 IP addresses, as opposed to a few billion in the US. The Verge reports that aside from a small elite band who have access to the Internet as it is, the rest of the small fraction of the nation's population that is online accesses something called Kwangmyong, or "bright star" in Korean. This closed, censored selection of handpicked websites is accessed through rudimentary email and browser tools through just one line going from Pyongyang to China, where it connects to China's state-run telecommunications agency Unicom's network.
Just what is the Internet used for in this land? Propaganda and cyberwarfare for the most part. The elite of course may be putting it to other uses of their own!
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