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Report: North Korea Hit by 9.5-Hour Internet Outage

cyberNorth Korea has experienced a widespread disruption in Internet connectivity just days after the U.S. linked the North Korean government to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

New Hampshire-based Internet analyst Dyn Research found that North Korea’s web networks went offline for 9 hours and 31 minutes, according to the report by Jordan Robertson and Chris Strohm.

Dyn Research’s Doug Madory told Bloomberg the outage was “out of the ordinary” and could be the result of a routing software meltdown or a denial-of-service attack.

Robertson and Strohm report the U.S. has requested China to investigate North Korea’s possible involvement in the Sony cyber attack.

The Sony hack wiped off enterprise data, exposed personal details and prompted the company to drop plans to release “The Interview,” a comedy about a North Korean leader’s fictional assassination.

Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters Tuesday the U.S. government is “considering a range of options in response” to the attack.

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