Coun­try’s on­line ac­cess crip­pled

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WORLD -

North Korea ex­pe­ri­enced sweep­ing and pro­gres­sively worse In­ter­net out­ages ex­tend­ing into Mon­day, with one com­puter ex­pert say­ing the coun­try’s on­line ac­cess is “to­tally down.” The White House and the State Depart­ment de­clined to say whether the U.S. gov­ern­ment was re­spon­si­ble.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said Fri­day the U.S. gov­ern- ment ex­pected to re­spond to the hack­ing of Sony Pic­tures En­ter­tain­ment Inc., which he de­scribed as an ex­pen­sive act of “cy­ber-van­dal­ism” that he blamed on North Korea. Obama did not say how the U.S. might re­spond, and it was not im­me­di­ately clear if the In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity prob­lems rep­re­sented the ret­ri­bu­tion.

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