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This article was published on December 22, 2014

North Korea’s internet is down in wake of Sony hack accusations

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Update:Reuters reports that North Korea’s Internet service has been restored, though the cause for the outage has not yet been determined.

In a rather suspicious coincidence, North Korea is currently going through a widespread internet outage, according the Associated Press. The connectivity problems started 24 hours ago, and have deteriorated further since.

If you haven’t been following, North Korea was recently accused by the United States of perpetuating the recent devastating Sony hacks. During a press conference, President Obama promised the US would “respond proportionally.”

Of course, there’s no concrete evidence to link North Korea’s internet blackout to retaliation by the United States – this could just be a unrelated outage in a country with already limited internet access. The White House for its part declined to comment to the AP, but the timing seems awfully fishy.

North Korea Experiencing Severe Internet Outages [Associated Press]