How do you perform on a test that checks whether you can visit websites in countries embargoed by the United States and/or European Union?

How are we testing?:

This test checks your ability to visit a website located in North Korea, which is under US and EU Trade embargo.


Why is this test important?:

Most companies wish to comply with US and EU trade laws and therefore prevent users from visiting websites in countries that are under embargo. Additionally, compromised websites are often hosted in countries that are hostile to the United States and the European Union and/or place low priority on Internet security. Blocking IP ranges by geography limits your end users' exposure to threats.


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Breaking Embargo Rules Can Lead to Major Fines

French bank BNP Paribas was fined $8.97B for doing business with sanctioned countries. Countries sanctioned by the US and the EU include North Korea. Other major banks under investigation by US authorities include French lenders Credit Agricole SA (ACA) and Societe Generale SA (GLE), Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG (CBK), and UniCredit SpA (UCG), Italy’s largest lender.Source

In the News:

The Early Edition: July 24, 2017 - Just Security

24 Jul 2017
An agreement on a wide-ranging Russia sanctions package was reached by Congressional Republicans and Democrats, they announced Saturday, the bill also including stiff economic penalties against Iran and North Korea, Al Jazeera reports. ... by President ...

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly Kabul suicide bomb attack - Washington Examiner

24 Jul 2017
"North Korea, Iran and Russia have in different ways all threatened their neighbors and actively sought to undermine American interests," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce said in a statement. "The ...

Russian Election Hacking Pits US Spy Against Spy - Daily Beast

24 Jul 2017
“Sometimes I wonder whether what he's about is making Russia great again,” former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper said at the widely attended Aspen Security Forum, of Trump's overtures to Moscow and half-hearted dissing of Russian ...

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