May 20, 2024

Why a private US citizen decided to take down North Korea’s internet on his own

In interview, hacker Alejandro Caceres shares why he went public, what he learned and why he backs cyberwarfare

It only took one man to shut down North Korea’s internet in one fell swoop and expose the country’s frail digital infrastructure in early 2022, but the mysterious figure behind the attacks now says the hard part came later — when he tried to convince the U.S. government that what he was doing was right.

Using the pseudonym P4x, the cybersecurity researcher took the servers hosting North Korea’s websites and email services offline with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.