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:

US unlikely to have been behind botched North Korean missile launch - The Hill

22 Apr 2017
Experts say the United States is unlikely to have been behind North Korea's botched missile launch last week, despite rampant speculation that the explosion was the result of an Obama-era cyber sabotage program. The spectre of U.S. ... Steve Bucci, a ...

Mattis Meets Lieberman in Tel Aviv, Says Iran Continues to Threaten Israel With Ballistic Missiles - Haaretz

21 Apr 2017
On Thursday the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, threatened the United States with a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that it said would wipe out "not only the U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea ...

Could the US take out North Korea's missiles before launch? - CNN

18 Apr 2017
... Trump inherited a cyberwar on North Korea in the hope of sabotaging its missile tests. "It's clear United States policy to develop the cyber capability to disable enemy ballistic missiles," said Greg Austin, a professor at the Australian Centre for ...

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