North Korean Internet Down Amid Sony Hack Accusations

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The Internet in North Korea is down on Monday after intermittent outages throughout the weekend, according to several reports on Monday.

According to a report by the New York Times, the outage is consistent with a DDoS attack on its routers.

North Korea officially has just over 1,000 IP addresses, compared to billions of addresses in the US. Its IP addresses are managed by state-run Internet provider Star Joint Venture. It routes many connections through China Unicom, China’s state-owned telecom.

The outage comes days after President Obama said that the US would respond to the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Last week the FBI said that North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony, which has had widespread and surprising implications, including cancelling the release of the movie The Interview.

It is unclear if North Korea’s Internet outage is related.

On Monday, North Korea continued to defend itself in a statement, and said that the FBI’s accusations were based on “obscure sci-tech data and false story.”

“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels,” a statement on the Korean Central News Agency of the DPRK said.

UPDATE, Dec. 22, 10:30 pm ET: According to a report by Bloomberg, North Korea’s Internet access was restored after a 10-hour outage.

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