Russia Provides New Internet Connection To North Korea

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Authored by Martyn Williams via,

A major Russian telecommunications company appears to have begun providing an Internet connection to North Korea. The new link supplements one from China and will provide back-up to Pyongyang at a time the US government is reportedly attacking its Internet infrastructure and pressuring China to end all business with North Korea.

The connection, from TransTeleCom, began appearing in Internet routing databases at 09:08 UTC on Sunday, or around 17:38 Pyongyang time on Sunday evening. Internet routing databases map the thousands of connections between telecom providers and enable computers to figure out the best route to a destination.

Until now, Internet users in North Korea and those outside accessing North Korean websites were all funneled along the same route connecting North Korean ISP Star JV and the global Internet: A China Unicom link that has been in operation since 2010.

Global Internet connectivity to Star JV. The orange denotes the China Unicom connection and blue the TransTeleCom. The graphic shows the Russian connection coming online around 0900 UTC, a short period of instability then a stable connection with two networks. (Dyn Research)

“The addition of Russian transit would create new internet path out of the country, increasing its resilience and international bandwidth capacity,” said Doug Madory, who analyzes global Internet connectivity at Dyn Research.

The new link comes at an interesting time.

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that US Cyber Command has been carrying out denial of service attacks against North Korean hackers affiliated with the Reconnaissance General Bureau. The attacks attempt to overwhelm their computers and the Internet connection with traffic making them slow or impossible to use.

The US cyber attack was due to end on Saturday, reported the Post. That means the new Russian connection went online just after the US Cyber Command attack ended.

TransTeleCom, or TTK, is one of Russia’s biggest telecommunications companies and a subsidiary of the Russian railway operator. Fiber optic lines are laid alongside the railway and, according to a map on its website, on a route from Vladivostok right up to the North Korean border. 

A map of the TTK network shows a link running right up to the North Korean border.

That’s presumably at the Friendship Bridge, a railway crossing over the Tumen River that connects Khasan in Russia with Tumangang in North Korea. It’s the only connection between the two countries.

The Friendship Bridge connecting Russia (right) and North Korea (left). Photo: GoogleEarth.

This isn’t the first time North Korea has had alternate routes for Internet connectivity.

From 2012 for about a year, a second link to Star JV existed via Intelsat, an international satellite telecommunications operator, but in recent years the Chinese link has been the sole connection to Star JV.

Relying on one Internet provider has always left North Korea in a precarious situation.

More than once the link has been the target of denial of service attacks. Most were claimed by the “Anonymous” hacking collective, but on at least one previous occasion, many wondered if US intelligence services had carried out the action.

North Korea has few Internet users, but access to the network is available at major universities, to foreigners via smartphone, at government departments and major companies. Elite families are also suspected of having access. The cyber units of North Korea’s military also enjoy access.

The link is also vital for overseas researchers and academics who rely on access to North Korean state media websites for information.

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NugginFuts's picture

So they can mine BTC together? Nork/Russian mining pool coming soon!

The_Juggernaut's picture

Russia sure loves to prop up dictators.

-Putin jock-sniffers downvote away. ;-)

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Now they can watch Kim Jong sit at his desk, in Russian.

idea_hamster's picture

finally we can access all that dprk gulag porn

toady's picture

Nice. So, changing from a China-backed to a Russia-backed puppet state.... oh the possibilities! China can continue most-favored nation status... Putin gets to burnish his "bad boy" status...The U.S. gets to continue as hedgmon...

BennyBoy's picture

Service will go down just before US commits another war crime and bombs Pudgy Boy.

IH8OBAMA's picture

I guess Putin WANTS the U.S. to destroy North Korea.  Why else would he help them?

Slack Jack's picture

The Russia-China Plan For North Korea: Stability & Connectivity.

The United States Plan For North Korea: WAR.

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet (Kim Jong Un) as the leader of the enemy (North Korea).

For an example of how real wars are fought,....

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

Red-Pill Girl's picture

Here, have a side of potatoes with that bull crap.


DWD-MOVIE's picture

I'm making over $14k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

yomutti2's picture

Syria, Checknya,North Korea..... wherever you find a scumbag dictator, you'll find Putin there propping him up.


Don't forget Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan ... Oh wait that was us!

BarkingCat's picture

You forgot Saudi Arabia and all the other goat fucker thiefdoms that neighbor it.

Cundium's picture

Complexed imbecilic ukrainian nazi, here again?

NEOCON1's picture

Sad. You. Mom's basement.

Consuelo's picture



And we got 'em beat, cause we set 'em up, and knock 'em down...

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Hmm, blow up the bridge or use the connection for cyber warfare and propaganda?

researchfix's picture

The Russian and Chinese art of war is to wait that the US bridges fall down from gravity and rust. And how will the North Koreans get to read the tweet storms then? They simply would not know how bad and threatening they are.

Belrev's picture

Tell me more about the Western democracy under the thumb of the Rothchilds. I want to hear details.

The Wizard's picture

Because those who control the petrodollar and US and The West hegemony are less threatening with military action, nations are re-aligning to bring greater equity to the currency markets. Currency wars do lead to military wars. Powerful military governments have been known to throw temper tantrums.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Russia sure loves to prop up dictators."

I cant figure out how many fallacies this involves. Its kind of like an

adhominem, tu quoque, red herring strawman combo.

In simple terms, it makes no sense to me whatsover.   

Have you tried reading The Essential Saker?

You certainly will begin by experiencing some serious cognitive dissonance, but it might help your sitiuation.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You rang?

Oh..wait...wrong cognitive dissonance.



Mustafa Kemal's picture

"You rang?"

Yup, I rang. 

You seem to be ubiquitous

War Machine's picture

Unlike the US, UK and Israel you mean?

Not sure providing an internet connection rises to the level of support but it's arguable.

Meanwhile the US continues to support Kurds, Al Nusra and ISIS

shortly after US SF killed a Russian general who'd been making significant gains against ISIS while outflanking ISIS and Army SF.

There's no question the US has supported directly and indirectly Christian murdering takfiri terrorists which, as always, provides the pretext for being illegally present in Syria to block Iranian pipelines and resupply to Hez and for Greater Israel- which has not bothered to hide its air and fire support for ISIS. Why bother with a Zionist/MIC controlled media and armies of paid trolls ready to accuse anyone not buying in to the Zionist/neocon lies of being a 'Russian troll.'

I don't think one needs to sniff a thing to just think you're a shithead.

Justin Case's picture

There's no question the US has supported directly and indirectly Christian murdering takfiri terrorists

But it's okay b/c merica dunit, nobody else should look at merica as any leader. Only merica has free range on the globe to trot and blow up things, kill millions of people, but if someone else tries to match or contain the lawless country they are enemies of planet earth. Can't merica just focus on wrecking one country at a time? Finish off Venezeula b4 destroying another.

People voted for Trump for the following reasons:

1. He wasn’t that evil hateful shrew named Hillary Clinton
2. He promised to repeal and replace Obamacare
3. He promised to build the wall
4. He promised to keep out Muslims
5. He promised to reduce our military interventions around the world <--=FAIL
6. He promised to reduce my taxes

Well, one out of six ain’t bad. Right? He gets a D- on his performance

HRClinton's picture

There's only ONE dictator, you tit:

The Federal/Feral Reserve and its hidden, private owners.

roddy6667's picture

Go back to Israel, Wieselthief.

Omen IV's picture

Who propped up The Shah of Iran / Sadaam Hussein
Noriega/ Guatemala- Arben / Sigmund Rhee /

Countless more - guess?

Justin Case's picture

Gee I need time. They don't teach that history in school, but hey, stand up for the flag to support them.


As has been explained by geopolitical analysts since 2011, terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and their various rebrandings are far from being the West’s true adversaries. Besides being funded, armed, and backed by the West’s closest and oldest Middle Eastern allies – particularly the Saudis and Qataris – these terrorist organizations serve a two-fold purpose. First, they serve as a mercenary army with which the West fights targeted nations by proxy. Second, they serve as a pretext for direct Western military intervention when proxy war fails or is not an option.

This was first illustrated with the very inception of Al Qaeda in the 1980s where it was used as a proxy force by the US and Saudis to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. In 2001, the presence of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was used as a pretext for a US invasion and occupation that endures to this very day.

As of 2011, literally these very same terrorists were organized, armed, funded, and provided with NATO aircover to overthrow the government of Libya. From there, they were rearmed and shipped to NATO-member Turkey where they then invaded northern Syria, and more specifically Idlib and the pivotal city of Aleppo.

FlyingDutchman's picture

Unlike the US, which would never dream of working with dictators?

serotonindumptruck's picture

Well, if Kim invested heavily in BTC mining technology, and then had the ability to process at several terabytes per second, he could theoretically make North Korea a very wealthy nation.

RawPawg's picture

Pornhub in HD

Only The Best For Dear Leader

Tjeff1's picture

"""The cyber units of North Korea’s military also enjoy access."""



I am sure they love seeing how great NK life is.

wisebastard's picture

the real sad part is for the last 10 years america has been chasing unicorn rights while china and russia have been preparing for war. the US wont see it hit them


Justin Case's picture

If you criticize policy, you are anti-American. That only happens in dictatorships

Atomizer's picture

CEO Susan Jewcicki from YouTube won't like this. 

Why Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki Can't Be Fired- YouTube

Octagon's picture

that video is no longer available.

suffered a quick takedown.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Would this be the equivalent of an OC192 series?

Any computer scientists care to speculate or enlighten?

NEOSERF's picture

Fake news to start a nuclear war?  That would finally topple the US from the current world order.

DeeZ_nutZ's picture

and rocket engines with detailed blueprints and "how to" for nukes....  nah....  bullshit, russians wouldn't do it, it's the nazis from ukraine, everybody knows that.

Heywood Jablomi's picture

good, so now kimfuck can tweet

Heywood Jablomi's picture

hey, Koreans have the right to good porn too!

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Does porn make America great?
Does Facebook make America great?
Does Google Make America great?
Does MSM and Morally bankrupt and Satan controlled Hollywood make America great?
Does Pentagon/CIA disinformation campaigns aimed at American citizens make America great?
Does the internet make America great?

Dre4dwolf's picture

Russia would rather side with North Korea than extend an olive branch with the U.S.?

Seems stupid and illogical


Nature_Boy_Wooooo's picture

Have you watched the news in the last year?

Why in the hell would Russia side with the USA on anything after the way the left has slandered Russia?


fockewulf190's picture

Why pay any attention to the crazy left?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Every time Russia has extended an olive branch to the US, the US threw the olive branch into a wood chipper.

Eyes Opened's picture

The recent slaying of senior military officers in Syria MIGHT have some bearing....

No more softly softly from Putin me thinks....