r/worldnews Nov 17 '22

North Korea's internet temporarily knocked offline, researcher says North Korea

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-koreas-internet-temporarily-knocked-offline-researcher-says-2022-11-17/
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u/SendMeNudesThough Nov 17 '22

I'd wager the outage went unnoticed by 90% of the population.

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u/barsik_ Nov 17 '22

From what I've read about how limited the access to devices that can even access the heavily filtered Internet that's available there, that percentage seems way too inaccurate. It's probably 99 percent of the population.

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u/Updooting_on_New Nov 17 '22

out of 10 people living there. kimmy must have throwed a tantrum because he DC from a LoL ranked game

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u/sciguy52 Nov 18 '22

Uh oh. All 20 of their Commodore 64's went down.

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u/Robw1970 Nov 18 '22

Vic-20 lol

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u/sarduchi Nov 17 '22

They ran out of AOL trial floppy discs.

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u/Chionei Nov 17 '22

I remember them as CDs. Were they floppy discs first?

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u/sarduchi Nov 17 '22

I believe so, they're also oddly collectable and 90s as hell.

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u/particular-potatoe Nov 17 '22

Can confirm I remember using this trial floppy!

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u/BookLuvr7 Nov 17 '22

Everything was floppys first. Hence the old joke:

"What's the difference between a woman and a computer?"

"A woman won't accept a 3 and a half inch floppy."

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u/Alantsu Nov 17 '22

You would not believe how many people still use their AOL email address.

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u/Lotus_Blossom_ Nov 18 '22

Do they still pay to check their email? Or is that free now?

I've seen enough hotmail and yahoo addresses this year to believe that some people just won't abandon their first email account if it still works.

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u/old_Trekkie Nov 17 '22

Did someone cut the string between the two tin cans?

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u/Pons__Aelius Nov 17 '22

Nah, the dude on this morning's internet operator shift broke a finger on his telegraph keying hand.

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u/NemesisOfEternity Nov 17 '22

I bet both users are furious.

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u/Art-Zuron Nov 17 '22

Kim and his sister?

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u/theraybenton Nov 18 '22

Kim and his alt account

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u/Glittering_Version47 Nov 17 '22

they have internet?

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u/NeedsSomeSnare Nov 17 '22

Not exactly. They have an intranet. There are a few computers connected to the real internet in Pyongyang university, according to an interview with a guy who was a guest IT teacher there. I don't remember where I saw the interview with him and it was a few years ago.

Also, someone got hold of a copy of their "home made" OS fairly recently and put up a YouTube video on it. It has some rudimentary built in restrictions to the web browser that only allow it to connect to the intranet.

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u/[deleted] Nov 17 '22

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u/belgian32guy Nov 17 '22

The closed source OS of the people!

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u/DrAssBlast Nov 17 '22

Was that YouTube guy vinesauce

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u/NeedsSomeSnare Nov 18 '22

I've no idea. I'm not familiar with the channel it was on.

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u/JimJamYimYam Nov 17 '22

yes, but there it surfs you

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u/Doodle1981 Nov 17 '22

Yeah but it seems like we need reseachers to find it.

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u/Whaler_Moon Nov 17 '22

Both users reportedly furious.

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u/waamoandy Nov 17 '22

Have they tried turning it off then back on again?

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u/Sea-Blueberry-3184 Nov 17 '22

Did both authorized users notice it at the same time?

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u/captain_chocolate Nov 17 '22

Probably entered the wrong number for dial-up.

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u/a404notfound Nov 17 '22

When they would stream the propaganda on YouTube the best show was the one with the claymation squirrels

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u/Luke77111 Nov 17 '22

They have internet?

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u/[deleted] Nov 17 '22

Do they have internet in the first place?

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u/[deleted] Nov 17 '22

Wonder if he's mad can't play Starcraft...

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u/foopdedoopburner Nov 17 '22

North Korea has Internet access? Who the fuck gave them that?

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u/Fast_Polaris22 Nov 18 '22

It’s ok, 95% of North Koreans didn’t even know it happened.

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u/YerWelcomeAmerica Nov 17 '22

Oops, Mom must have picked up the phone again.

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u/T5-R Nov 17 '22

Their mum picked up the phone downstairs.

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u/[deleted] Nov 17 '22

Someone literally knocked over the server for the Glorious Democratic People's Freedom Internet.

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u/flutterdeveloper123 Nov 17 '22

So like one cable somewhere got disconnected?

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u/coondingee Nov 17 '22

I know you’re joking but that has happened before. A few years back someone accidentally cut the line in China that caused North Korea to loose internet till they fixed it.

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u/flutterdeveloper123 Nov 17 '22

Eh sort of joking but not really. I’d imagine my university’s internal system is bigger than north koreas internet tbh.

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u/Zestyclose-Cricket82 Nov 17 '22

Oh no! What is the 25Million population going to do without those three government worshiping websites on those four computers?

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u/Updooting_on_New Nov 17 '22

Viva la revolucion!

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u/Delicious-Ask-463 Nov 17 '22

All 8 users are reporting issues with Internet explorer being slow and not working correctly

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u/sed276 Nov 17 '22

Unfortunately for North Korea, they didn't have their internet demagnetized by Stephen Hawking himself before he passed

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u/Topgunjr13 Nov 17 '22

The one government approved site went offline???

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u/Working_Ad_4650 Nov 17 '22

So 6 people lost theit internet. How sad.

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u/Strangelet1 Nov 17 '22

North Korean internet is probably just Kim’s MySpace

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u/Halabashred Nov 17 '22

TIL North Korea has real internet.

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u/jur012 Nov 17 '22

They have internet?

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u/wiyawiyayo Nov 17 '22

Kim jong un will launch several missiles because of boredom..

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u/Senior-Humor8523 Nov 17 '22

Soooo nothing changed for anyone

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u/No-Setting9690 Nov 17 '22

Probably two guys holding up a satellite dish. They got tired and dropped it.

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u/Ratox Nov 17 '22

Oh no, both kimsarethebest.nk and supremeleader.nk are down? What are they gonna do in their freetime then?

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u/hibaricloudz Nov 17 '22

Oh damn, how will the Kim family watch some American shows on Netflix now??? They'll get bored and send some missiles flying over South Korea and Japan during the down-time lmao.

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u/Becs_Food_NBod Nov 17 '22

Somebody unplugged the router.

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u/QueenVanraen Nov 17 '22

But where am I gonna play their weird racing game now? :c

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u/NPVT Nov 17 '22

They actually do a lot of hacking and attacking. They do it for money. They sure don't help their own people.

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u/ResplendantToken Nov 17 '22

North Korea has internet?

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u/oilfeather Nov 17 '22

Fatty the third tried downloading MWII.

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u/UrbanAbsconder Nov 17 '22

Oh, what a pity.

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u/Lost_Possibility_647 Nov 17 '22

Have they tried to turn it off and on again?

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u/SiarX Nov 17 '22

Has anyone ever seen North Korean in internet?

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u/nzdennis Nov 17 '22 edited Nov 17 '22

North Koreans have been in an internet altered reality program for the past 70 years! Get with the program Metaverse!

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u/taterthotsalad Nov 17 '22

I wonder who they pissed off this time. Last time it was a sec researcher and he went scorched earth on the regime. Funny ass shit too. Can’t remember but I want to say it was a podcaster.

Found an article but not the podcast. https://www.wired.com/story/north-korea-hacker-internet-outage/

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u/[deleted] Nov 17 '22

my first reaction was 'they had internet?'

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u/Adhdbanana Nov 17 '22

Boss it's ok, I submitted a change control 1st. Gets shot in the head...

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u/digitalpalmtrees Nov 18 '22

What internet

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u/sonoma95436 Nov 18 '22

Oh no ooo ooo Trump got cut off from his BFF.

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u/LittleDistracted Nov 18 '22

Researchers have said such outages show signs of being what they term distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, in which hackers try to flood a network with unusually high volumes of data traffic in order to paralyse it.

I'm surprised they have internet, thought it was just like an intranet.