Is it legal in the US to take down North Korea's internet?

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(Not sure if this question should be in the Law.SE, but it is deeply political)

American hacker says he keeps turning off internet in North Korea

This sounds pretty crazy to me because:

  1. Denial-of-service attacks sound like they should be illegal, and indeed they apparently are in the US.
  2. The US has been complaining of Russian internet hackers for quite a while, so to not do something about their citizen who's doing the same to North Korea sounds hypocritical.

Yet if the above is correct then it's even more crazy to me that P4x (the American hacker) would go public, or that newspapers would cover it. Openly saying that one is doing something illegal, and telling newspapers about it, sounds pretty foolhardy.

I would like to know:

  • If it is actually illegal to take down North Korea's internet in the US.
  • If it is illegal, why P4x apparently doesn't care about law enforcement coming down on his head (and the newspapers reporting on it also don't care about reporting on an illegal activity, and why I haven't seen coverage about US law enforcement arresting P4x).
  • If it is not illegal, then what the limits of what exactly is cybercrime are, since the US is complaining about Russian cyberattacks.
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