More on the Sony hack and North Korea’s Internet going out
December 23, 2014 Leave a comment
Seems the Sony hack front has turned a bit in different directions.
First, Sony announced that two small independent chains in the US will be showing The Interview, that movie that has driven North Korean to go ballistics. The chains aren’t huge but it shows that Sony has decided to give in after banning the movie. The movie still [at last check] has no openings in various other countries.
Both US President Barack Obama and a number of high profile celebrities [most of them who vote for the Democrats] have come out saying that Sony made a mistake.
At one point there was though of a straight to video release [but I’m wondering what the North Koreans would think about that].
Interesting to note that Sony’s world headquarters is in Tokyo but they didn’t seem to be threatened. I guess the US is the worse of two evils.
Flipping the coin, it was reported that North Korea got hit with a 9.5 hour blackout. According to a report, North Korea has for cable links for the Internet all going through China – a friend of theirs. But President Obama asked China if they could investigate to see if the Sony hack originated on their soil. I guess China is caught between two upset “friends”.
Unsure what North Korea would do as they threatened to do to the US a thousand times what any retaliation on them. Problem is that the links go through China. So unless China cut them….
Also wondering what kind of redundancy they have as all four lines dropped.
Interesting to note that in a CNN report, as little as 4-5 years ago, North Koreans connected to the Internet by using dial-up modem into a Chines network. Wow.
Even now, the Internet is restricted to senior government officials and their cronies, those paid bribes, etc. North Korea has a country wide Intranet with a reported 5000 sites but they are strictly controlled.