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

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