Skip to content

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

Cyber War erupts - North Korea knocked offline by possible American cyber attack

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
North Korea could use attack as pretext for shooting war.

North Korea is offline today, and it could be the result of a retaliatory attack by the United States. Although neither side is acknowledging anything at the moment, it is speculated that a full-scale cyber war between the two countries could be starting.

To all our readers,

Please don't scroll past this. We interrupt your reading to humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online School's independence. 98% of our readers don't give; they look the other way. If you are an exceptional reader who has already donated, we sincerely thank you. If you donate just $10.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online School could keep thriving for years. Most people donate because Catholic Online School is useful. If Catholic Online School has given you $10.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Show the world that access to Catholic education matters to you. Thank you.

Help Now >

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/22/2014 (7 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: North Korea, hacking, sony, internet, outage, offline, China

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A very dangerous situation is developing between the USA and North Korea. A complete internet outage has been reported in North Korea. Such a widespread outage could be the start of a much larger conflict between the United States and North Korea and could be a retaliation of North Korea's alleged hack into American networks.

Last week, it was reported that hackers connected to the North Korean government hacked into Sony Pictures and their corporate network, as a preemptive strike against the release of a movie that depicts the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator.

Let us pray for peace as this situation develops. May justice and peace prevail.

North Korea has officially denied the rumors. President Obama vowed the U.S. would respond against North Korea.

North Korea has four internet networks that serve its online needs, and all of them run through China. Yesterday, intermittent outages were reported and today, the entire nation is offline.

It is possible that the entire scheme is a plot of the USA to serve as a pretext for conflict with North Korea. Or, alternatively, North Korea could be guilty and today we are witnessing the prelude to the next global conflict.


World War III is typically depicted with mushroom clouds and global catastrophe, the reality may be far different. World War III may not be fought with stealth bombers turning cities into post-apocalyptic wastelands. Instead, the next great war will be fought in data centers as armies of hackers fight other armies of hackers to render enemy infrastructure useless while trying to protect their own.

There is little use of the expense of a bomber when a few lines of code can cause a nuclear meltdown or disrupt the operation of a dam so millions become flooded out of their homes. If power stops and communications cease, how long will it take for people to run riot out of desperation? There is no need for an invading army to blow up a city when millions of civilians simply cut off from food and water will do the job themselves.

It is entirely possible we could be witnessing the return fire of the United States against North Korea.

However, North Korea is an exceptional country. Most of the population still makes do without electricity, at least for most of the day. As a result few people have internet anyway and a widespread internet outage will hardly impact the regime or the daily life of the people there.

Light a FREE virtual prayer candle


The outage could even be staged by the North Korean government to anger the people against the USA. There could also be a coup or a purge happening in the country and the outage is a way to delay news of the unfolding events. Anything is possible.

Regardless of what's actually happening, there will be a political ramification, and it isn't likely to be positive. If the regime of Kim Jong Un remains in power, it could use the internet outage as a pretext for a shooting war. North Korea could invade the South, sparking a new conflict with the world.

In light of recent accusations and threats made by the U.S. government, it remains likely that the outage in North Korea is the result of American retaliation and how that retaliation is resolved by an angry North Korean government remains to be seen.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2021 - Distributed by Catholic Online

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.

Discover 1000's of Free Learning Resources - Printable - PDF's
Confirmation with Certificate of Completion - Enroll FREE Now

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!