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Russian Federation just gave North Korea's internet a big boost

03 Octobre 2017

The Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom has begun offering a new line of Internet access to North Korea's regime in the wake of tightening economic sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom.

China, Pyongyang's most important ally, on Thursday ordered North Korean companies in the country and joint ventures with Chinese firms to close within 120 days of the passing of the latest round of United Nations sanctions on September 12.

However, it has more backup with Russia's help.

The new link means that two companies would need to sever business ties in order to cut North Korea off, said a person who operates the site North Korea Tech.

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

According to a Washington Post report, The Department of Defense's US Cyber Command had specifically targeted North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau-the country's primary intelligence agency-with a denial-of-service attack against the organization's network infrastructure.

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North Korea has been blamed by Western governments for several major cyber attacks in recent years, including against banks Sony Pictures and South Korean banks, as well as the WannaCry ransomware attack that froze computers unless their owners sent cash.

With Russia now involved in Internet in North Korea, things might become more complicated. The cyber attacks, which is being carried out as part of the Cyber Command operation, was scheduled to end on Saturday.

An attack by the US on North Korea might be looked upon as a provocative move against the Russians, said a cybersecurity official and that might possibly escalate the tensions between Washington and Moscow.

In a statement, it said: "TransTeleCom has historically had a junction of trunk networks with North Korea under an agreement with Korea Posts and Telecommunications Corp signed in 2009".

A major problem with North Korea's new internet connection is that a USA cyberattack on North Korea's internet could be considered an attack on Russia's internet infrastructure, Boland revealed to CNN. The masterminds who were ordering and controlling the attacks reportedly remained inside North Korea while maintaining direct communication with the hackers.

By providing internet traffic for Kim's regime, Russian Federation gains more influence with Pyongyang and the ability to peer into North Korean internet traffic.

Russian Federation just gave North Korea's internet a big boost