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Russian firm appears to be offering new internet connection to North Korea

Analyst: ‘The addition of Russian transit would create new internet path out of the country’

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 2:23pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 2:36pm

Russian telecommunications firm TransTeleCom appears to have begun providing a new internet connection to North Korea, supplementing an already existing link from China, 38 North reported.

The new connection appeared in internet routing databases on Sunday, according to the report.

“The addition of Russian transit would create new internet path out of the country, increasing its resilience and international bandwidth capacity,” said Doug Madory, who analyses global internet connectivity at Dyn Research.

The US Cyber Command has been carrying out denial of service attacks against hackers from North Korea which was due to end on Saturday, The Washington Post reported earlier.

TransTeleCom could not be immediately reached to comment on the report.

The 38 North website is a project of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).