North Korea Suffers Another Internet Shutdown: Report

North Korea Suffers Another Internet Shutdown:
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North Korea has suffered yet another Internet shutdown, according to Chinese state media.

On the heels of North Korea blaming the United States for its intermittent Internet interruptions this week, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that the country’s Internet and 3G mobile phone networks were down for at least two hours.

“At Pyongyang time 7:30 pm (1030 GMT) North Korea’s Internet and mobile 3G network came to a standstill, and had not returned to normal as of 9:30 pm,” Xinhua reported. The report was confirmed by cybersecurity monitoring company Dyn Research.

The country’s Internet was allegedly “very unstable” throughout the day.

National Defense Commission, North Korea’s top governing body, has blamed the shutdowns on President Barack Obama, whom they described as a reckless “monkey.” The statement from an unidentified NDC spokesman threatened “inescapable deadly blows” on the U.S. for “disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK” and screening “The Interview.”

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” the statement released to state-run Korean Central News Agency read.

Following Obama’s criticism of Sony for pulling the “The Interview,” the studio opted to release the film in 331 U.S. locations and on VOD on Christmas Day.

The statement also accused the U.S. of having a hostile policy toward North Korea before threatening unspecified consequences.

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  1. Julienne says:

    Soooooooooo, about 50 people. The North Korea Dictator, doesn’t allow any of his citizens to have internet service. Just his Palace and military.

  2. The cause of these mysterious outages is simple. No it is not the US CIA or NSA or any of the other alphabet soups. The same things happen in the US every year when the new GOT or SOA premieres online. Everybody in North Korea with internet is trying to download #TheInterview at the same time and is overloading/crashing the servers.

  3. Jamiekins says:

    Sorry the little vicious troll was annoyed but that’s what you get when you threaten a superpower
    with ridiculous notions. If he would keep his mouth shut he might not have so many mishaps befall him. He’s lucky that’s all he got for his babbling nonsense.
    The movie was mediocre at best, but worth seeing if you like over the edge type
    com-dram. Unfortunately edgy scenes are the yardstick by which far too many movies are
    made popular for. It seems that only on rare occasions are we treated to real art at the cinema these days.

  4. William Putnam says:

    All I can say is. Hahaha haha haha, WHO CARE’S.

  5. John Shea says:

    My sympathies to Kim Jong-Un. Whenever my internet and/or mobile phone suffer intermittent interruptions or are very unstable I too feel like striking inescapable deadly blows on somebody or something. Who or what doesn’t really matter. Unfortunately, I have not been able to acquire ICBMs or other weapons of mass destruction yet. Damn!

  6. Instead playing the blame game how about getting the internet fix and solve the problem for once. I can’t believe that one film that most critics believe is one of the worst film of 2014 is causing all this mess The mess will become one of the Sony biggest hit for 20114/2015.I will wait until the DVD become available and either rent or buy the DVD.

    • I will be glad when this whole mess will be forgot and replace by someone else. North Korea should get their expert to fix their own hacking problem. I will still wait until the the DVD become available to either rent it or worst buy the DVD.

  7. Lex says:

    Dear China: Duh.

  8. I wanted to know why on world will the US need to see North Korea suffers major internet shutdown.

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