Following a number of Internet outages in recent days, North Korea accused the United States on Saturday local time of being behind the disruptions, according to Reuters. The outages as well as accusations come days following an investigation by the FBI, who blamed North Korea for hacks that crippled the networks of Sony Pictures.
"The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic," North Korea’s National Defense Commission said in a statement to Reuters.
Despite U.S. accusations that North Korea was involved in the Sony hacks, officials from the country denied their role in the matter and instead proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. But that didn’t stop Internet connections to and from the country from being disrupted intermittently for four days. Since the beginning of the disruptions, U.S. has denied any involvement.
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Following the hacks that crippled Sony’s network and leaked terabytes of internal information, the company canceled the release of “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. But after public pressure and criticism from President Barack Obama, Sony reversed course and released the film in 350 small theaters and through online distribution channels.