An American hacker reportedly destroyed the entire North Korean internet in revenge while “in his pajamas” for a cyber attack on him by Pyongyang.
It appears that the hacker — identified only as P4x — launched a number of ‘distributed denial of service’ (DDoS, if you’re aware) attacks on the small hermit nation, causing the whole world stationary country line.
Emails stopped and government websites also stopped working.
Basically, a DDoS completely saturates a system with bogus traffic, which takes up all available bandwidth, which in turn limits the processing capacity of the website’s servers and the site itself comes to a halt.
Due to rules in North Korea, not everyone is allowed to use the internet, only a certain number of high-ranking officials and academics.
Also, there are not many North Korean websites available on the wider internet that we know of.
Air Koryo, the national airline, and Naenara, a site run by the North Korean government, are just a few of the sites available on the Internet.
So, over the past few weeks, websites have come under sustained attack from P4x, which even had the powers that be in Pyongyang thinking the country was under attack from a Western power.
Experts had believed that the attacks could have been linked to recent missile tests carried out by the North Korean military, which caused much concern in the region.
However — according to Wired Magazine — it was not a sleazy arm from another acting state, but “an American man in a T‑shirt, pajama pants and slippers, sitting in his living room night after night, watching alien movies and eating spicy corn snacks’.