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Did Obama Take the Hermit Kingdom Further Off-the-Grid?

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Did Obama Take the Hermit Kingdom Further Off-the-Grid?

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North Korea has lost its Internet connection, according to the NYTimes:

The loss of service is not likely to affect the vast majority of North Koreans, who have no access to the Internet. The biggest impact would be felt by the country’s elite, state-run media channels and its propagandists, as well as its cadre of cyberwarriors. If the attack was American in origin — something the United States would probably never acknowledge — it would be a rare effort by the United States to attack a nation’s Internet connections. Until now, most operations by the United States have amounted to cyberespionage, mostly to collect defense information or the communications of terrorism suspects.

After North Korea was found to be behind the Sony hack, President Obama said on Friday he would “proportionally” attack the regime “at a time we choose.” This, experts say, seems to be the time he chose.

Asia’s darkest country in terms of electricity-output is now consuming even less power. Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, 31, is now basically an off-the-grid hermit–like your whacky college buddy who built a hay and mud hut insulated by dung, reads a lot of Transcendentalism and posts Facebook sermons about how little electricity he uses and how many vegetables he’s growing.