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North Korea’s Internet is offline, and the U.S. hasn’t denied responsibility
We wonder what could have prompted this.
On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, an allegation that the North Korean government has vehemently denied, albeit in a bizarrely poetic format. President Obama, in a Friday afternoon news conference, called the cyberattack an act of “cybervandalism” rather than war.
When reporters asked how the U.S. would counter North Korea’s apparent attack, Obama said that he would respond proportionately after being presented with all options. On Monday, it appeared possible that the president had directed one component of that response to begin.
North Korea, Dyn Research announced Monday, has been experiencing significant outages since sometime Sunday. These intermittent and escalating connectivity issues finally resulted in a complete outage on Monday at around 2pm EST.
Speculation immediately focused on a possible U.S. government hand in the mystery outage. A State Department official refused to deny American involvement, cryptically telling the Associated Press that “some [U.S. responses] will be seen, some may not be seen.”
Update 8:39pm CT, Dec. 22: North Korea’s Internet has been restored after an outage that lasted nine hours and 31 minutes.
Illustration by Jason Reed
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.