North Korea has been having problems with the Internet for the past few weeks. Although the communist nation is heavily restricted, observers have begun to notice connectivity problems with nearly all of their websites going offline, Wired reported on Wednesday.
One of the central routers that allowed access to North Korea’s networks appeared to be down, cutting off all digital connections to the rest of the world.
It is widely believed that foreign governments have carried out cyberattacks on Pyongyang in response to its recent missile tests.
But it turns out that an American hacker, known only as P4x, was responsible for the paralysis North Korea connection, wired report.
Hackers have carried out repeated “distributed denial of service” attacks against the country, crippling its internet.
“In fact, it’s the job of an American man in t-shirts, pajamas and slippers, sitting in his living room all night, watching Alien movies and eating spicy corn snacks — and periodically going. his home office suite. to check the progress of the programs he was running to disrupt an entire country’s internet,” wrote Andy Greenberg of Wired.
The report says P4x itself was targeted by North Korean hackers a year ago in an attack aimed at Western security researchers “with the express purpose of stealing their hacking tools and detailed information about software vulnerabilities”.
The American hacker told Wired he attacked the communist country in retaliation.
P4x spoke to the store and shared a recording of his screen to verify his liability for the Network attack.
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He then explained why he’s retaliated against North Korea like this.
“It’s the right thing to do here. If they don’t see we have teeth, it keeps coming,” said P4x.
“I want them to understand that if you come to us, that means some of your infrastructure is going to go down for a while,” he said.
P4x told Wired he found multiple vulnerabilities in North Korea’s systems that he said quite easily allowed him to then launch a “denial of service” for the country.
He also said he discovered the country was using some “ancient” versions of the web server software. He described North Korea’s home operating system as old and vulnerable.
The hacker said he thought his attempt to annoy Communist regime was a success, adding that the country’s people, most of whom lack internet access, were not his goal.
“I definitely want to affect the people and the government as little as possible,” he said.
What was the overall goal of the P4x hack?
“Mode change. No, I was just joking,” he told Wired. “I just wanted to prove a point. I want that point to be properly proven before I stop. ”
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