North Korea's internet goes out

Dec 22, 2014, 4:54 PM EST
The Sony Corp. logo is displayed at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
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North Korea is experiencing a consistent, country-wide internet outage. The country does not maintain widespread internet as it is, but the outage occurs in the middle of a dispute between North Korea and the U.S. over the hacking of Sony Pictures. NBC reports:

North Korea experienced a widespread Internet outage on Monday, less than a week after the FBI accused the country of being behind the hack that forced Sony Pictures to cancel the release of 'The Interview.' A U.S. official confirmed the outage to NBC News. The cause was not immediately clear. A second, separate U.S. official strongly denied to NBC News that the U.S. had any role in the outage. The Internet blackout comes after President Barack Obama promised that the United States would "respond proportionally" to what he said on Sunday was an "act of cybervandalism."

ABC News writes:

The reclusive country's state-run Internet has been down "hard" for about three hours, according to Dyn Research, which monitors the state of the Internet around the globe.
"I haven't seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in [North Korea] before," Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research told the website "Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn't be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently."