North Korean Story Gets Stranger and Stranger

(by L. Todd Wood, WCJ) -- First it was the Sony hack attack. We all know the details, or at least we think we know, of what caused Sony to pull the movie The Interview in the face of threats from Kim Jong-un’s cyber minions in North Korea. Reportedly, individual employees, as well as theaters themselves, were threatened directly with violence if the movie was released. Sony took the easy way out as only Hollywood could. But the story didn’t end there.

Over the weekend, there were multiple reports, or suggestions, from anonymous intelligence sources that North Korea may not have been the only entity involved in the attacks. The reasoning was that the backwards regime does not have the technical know-how to pull off such a cyber crime. Rumors have been swirling that China must have been involved, given their record of cyber attacks against the U.S. and their long-term support for the North Korean government. It is China that keeps Kim Jong-un in power to provide a buffer against Western allies in the region. Russia has also been named as a possible suspect, given their history of cybercrime as well.

We then had President Obama come out and say that the attack against Sony was an act of vandalism, not war. I expected nothing less than an underwhelming response from our Dear Leader. Obama, however, promised a proportional response.

North Korean president Kim Jong-un released a threat this morning, promising “more pain” if America responds with negative consequences against the backward kingdom. The fact that this little dictator has successfully attacked and now threatened the United States without a significant response from America is alarming in itself. The BBC reports today, “In a fiery statement, the North warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and ‘the whole US mainland.'”

However, the strangest news in this whole saga is the word that today North Korea is experiencing widespread internet connection outages. These disconnections seem to be much larger than the sporadic outages North Korea has historically experienced. CNBC reports today, “North Korea is having major Internet problems, just days after President Barack Obama promised a proportional response to the devastating hacks against Sony. The country, which the FBI accused last week of the cyberattack, is suffering from periodic Internet outages, and experts at DYN Research found that recent problems were out of the ordinary, as first reported by North Korea Tech. According to the research firm, North Korea’s internet grew steadily worse beginning Sunday night, and then went completely offline Monday morning.”

Could this be the proportional response President Obama has been talking about? Could our Dear Leader have grown a pair? One would hope that in the face of a direct cyber attack, our president would not coddle another dictator. I guess time will tell.

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