Meet one of the enemies behind the enemy, feeding the rogue nation and keeping it alive. The other is China. Were it not for them, North Korea would’ve been bombed away 30 years ago. Why do they keep the North Korean regime afloat, you ask? Because North Korea serves as a proxy for both Russia and China. It is their way of making America look like the aggressor and reason for going to war should the U.S. attack their proxy/ally first.
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.
The blog 38 North that monitors North Korea states:
The new link supplements one from China and will provide back-up to Pyongyang at a time the US government is reportedly attacking its Internet infrastructure and pressuring China to end all business with North Korea.
The connection, from TransTeleCom, began appearing in Internet routing databases at 09:08 UTC on Sunday, or around 17:38 Pyongyang time on Sunday evening. Internet routing databases map the thousands of connections between telecom providers and enable computers to figure out the best route to a destination.
Until now, Internet users in North Korea and those outside accessing North Korean websites were all funneled along the same route connecting North Korean ISP Star JV and the global Internet: A China Unicom link that has been in operation since 2010.
The new Russian lifeline creates a new Internet access portal for potential North Korean hacking activity. It also increases the country’s international bandwidth. But it comes just as The Washington Post is reporting U.S. Cyber Command targeted hackers in North Korea’s military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, with distributed denial of service attacks.
Those attacks were part of a broader effort to clamp down on the Hermit Kingdom and force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
Full article: Russia Throws North Korea a New Lifeline (TruNews)
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