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Key N. Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown


 Key North Korean websites have been suffering intermittent outages after a nearly 10-hour shutdown yesterday.

   It's not clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world. Outside experts say the cause could be anything from a cyberattack to a simple power failure.

   But it followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang.

   Analysts say if a cyberattack caused North Korea's shutdown, it would largely be symbolic since only a tiny number of North Koreans are allowed on the Internet -- a fraction of Pyongyang's staunchly loyal elite, as well as foreigners.

   North Korea has not issued an official response to the shutdown. But a commentary in North Korea's state media today was filled with rhetoric criticizing what it calls a failed U.S. policy on Pyongyang. It also compared the United States to the Roman Empire, which it says was "thrown into a dumping ground of history" as it sought "prosperity through aggression and war."

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