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WashPost: Russian Firm Has Given NKorea Internet Connection

WashPost: Russian Firm Has Given NKorea Internet Connection
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By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 03:11 PM EDT

A state-owned Russian telecommunications company, TransTeleCom, has provided North Korea with a new internet connection, which could improve the country's ability to conduct cyberattacks and would protect North Korea's online infrastructure, according to The Washington Post.

The new connection appears to be a supplement to a China Unicom connection that has been running since 2010. Experts say that North Korean internet users could expect more bandwidth capacity and have better ability to withstand attacks, The Post reported.

"In practical terms, (having more than one connection) will allow additional resiliency if one of those connections were to be rendered inactive for any number of reasons," said Doug Madory, Oracle Dyn director of internet analysis, in The Post.

On Saturday, a U.S. Cyber Command operation used a denial-of-service attack against North Korea, which choked off access for North Korean internet users. The attack ended before the new internet connection went online, The Post reported.

TransTeleCom is part of Russian Railways, which was headed by Vladimir Yakunin, a former KGB agent and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This means that the opening of the connection has Russian government backing on it," author Andrei Soldatov said in The Post.

The new network being installed was an example of Russia "stepping in once North Korea feels pressure," said Anthony Ruggiero, a former Treasury Department official, in The Post.

A Sept. 11 report by The Post also pointed to Russia providing assistance to North Korea, noting that while China is putting pressure on North Korea, Russia is stepping in to undercut sanctions.

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