North Korea's Internet Goes Down

But is this US payback? No one seems sure just yet
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2014 4:55 PM CST
North Korea's Internet Goes Down
A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview," at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Anyone with a North Korean IP is likely chilling offline or punching the keyboard about now, because the country's Internet has been down for a couple of hours. "After 24hrs of increasing instability, North Korean national Internet has been down hard for more than 2hrs," Dyn Research posted on Twitter today, CNN reports. North Korea's Internet is prone to "isolated blips," says a Dyn director, who "wouldn't be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently." So is this President Obama's promised payback for North Korea reportedly perpetrating the Sony hack? Possibly, reports North Korea Tech, but "it could be something as mundane as network maintenance or a failing router."

If this is US retaliation, the Verge says that such a "wholesale attack" would set "a dangerous precedent of retaliation against targeted attacks" like the one suffered by Sony. Meanwhile, the hacker group Anonymous says it will post The Interview (the film that apparently aggravated North Korea in the first place) by Christmas if Sony doesn't do so first, Ubergizmo reports. "We’re not with either side, we just want to watch the movie too…and soon you too will be joining us. Sorry, @SonyPictures," writes Anonymous on a Twitter account that's currently suspended. But Sony may well distribute the film on its own via YouTube, as company CEO Michael Lynton said over the weekend on CNN. (More Sony Pictures stories.)

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