Russia Gives Big Boost to Internet in North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Saturday

Bryce Boland, the FireEye's chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region, believes that North Korea's next internet connection is very much crucial to the hermit nation's plans to conduct cyber attacks across the globe.

Despite UN sanctions and United States unilateral moves to punish companies that do business with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 38 North's Martyn Williams reports that Russian telecommunications provider TransTelekom (ТрансТелеКо́m) began routing North Korean Internet traffic at 5:38 PM Pyongyang time on Sunday. Internet routing databases map the thousands of connections between telecom providers and enable computers to figure out the best route to a destination.

Before this new link, internet traffic in North Korea was funneled into just one link that the China Unicom a telecommunications company from China provided, according to telecom experts.

However, a new internet connection from TransTeleCom appeared Sunday. It also increases the country's global bandwidth.

Yakunin has also been censured by the USA government. The U.S. operation had worked by using what is known as a denial of service attack, choking off access to the Internet for North Korean users.

The North Korean leader spoke out after Trump told the UN General Assembly in NY that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea". Byol offers foreigners in North Korea 1 Mbps Internet access for 600 euro (US$660) a month (with no data caps).

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, centre, at a farm in North Korea which has historically relied on support from China and Russian Federation.

That's significant at a time when the ramping up pressure on Chinese companies to sever business ties with North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests.

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.

TransTeleCom did not respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman for the company told the Financial Times that it has a long relationship with the Pyongyang and had "historically had a backbone network interface with North Korea under an agreement with Korea Posts and Telecommunications Corp. struck in 2009".

"This will improve the resiliency of their network and increase their ability to conduct command and control over those activities", Boland said.



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