- North Korea’s Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed Saturday
- North Korean government quickly blames the United States for the attack
- It comes after the dictatorship was blamed for a hack on Sony over a film
- This led to a cancellation of the comedy ‘The Interview’ in U.S. cinemas
- President Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake by cancelling
- The film was shown during screenings throughout America over holidays
- Leader Kim Jong Un called President Obama ‘a monkey’ for his comments
The cyber war between America and North Korea took another turn on Saturday when North Korea’s Internet and 3G
mobile networks were paralyzed again for the third time in a week.
The internet outage took hold on Saturday evening at 10.42 pm, for five hours and the North Korean government was quick to blame the United States for the cyber attack.
The outage comes amid a diplomatic storm which has seen the North Korean government call President Obama ‘a monkey living in a tropical forest’ in a racist rant against the United States.
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Tit-for-tat: The film called The Interview shows Kim Jong Un dying after his helicopter is shot down
Jibe: Kim Jong Un, pictured surrounded by military commanders, was quick to blame the United States for the cyber attack
Officials on the National Defense Commission, led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, branded America’s leader ‘reckless’ and the country he leads ‘shameless.’
But Washington has denied it had anything to do with the latest internet breach against the rogue state.
And the U.S is still reeling after the Sony hacking leak which led to the cancellation of the film The Interview, which showed scenes of a mock death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The attack alleged to be by North Korea was aimed to deter Sony from showing the comedy film.
The plot of which featured a scheme to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and it resulted in major expense and embarrassment for Sony.
President Barack Obama waded into the debate during his last press conference of the year, saying that Sony Pictures Entertainment had made a crucial mistake in censoring the Christmas Day release of ‘The Interview.’
‘Sony’s a corporation. It has suffered significant damage,’ Obama said. ‘There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.’
TIMELINE OF CYBER SPAT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA
Sony is hacked and amid threats cancels The Interview, a film showing an assassination attempt on North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
In a press conference, President Obama attacks North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un for their attempts to ‘intimidate’ Americans.
SONY SHOWS THE FILM DURING CHRISTMAS
Sony bosses open the film on Christmas day in cinemas and online, making more than $1 million in its first day
The FBI last week confirmed the North Korean government was behind the hacking of Sony
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un brands President Obama a monkey for his comments on Sony hacking scandal
NORTH KOREAN INTERNET OUTAGE
North Korea’s Internet and 3Gmobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday for the third time in a week
Hacked: The hackers, called the Guardians of Peace, were upset about the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview in which the pair are sent to North Korea to kill Kim Jong Un
New decision: Sony decided to show the film in select cinemas during Christmas in the U.S. despite threats of a terrorist incident
It was these remarks that fanned the flames of conflict between the two countries.
But it also led Sony bosses to open the film on Christmas day in cinemas and online, making more than $1 million in its first day.
President Barack Obama promised retaliation but did not specify what that would be.
New theory: Linguists at Seattle-based cyber security firm Taia Global studied 1,600 words in the ‘Guardians of the Peace’ emails and postings, and believe the native language of the hackers is Russian
North Korea continues to deny any involvement in the Sony hacking scandal, instead, accusing the United States of temporarily shutting off its internet this week.
Most of North Korea’s heavily restricted internet traffic
passes through Chinese routers on its way to the outside world.
Some technoolgy experts have suggested that it is China – increasingly annoyed by
North Korean behavior – that is behind North Korea’s internet
Today, another theory surfaced that Russia was to blame and not North Korea.
Security experts from Seattle-based cyber security firm Taia Global suggested that the origins of the now-infamous ‘Guardians of the Peace’ are Russian.
They analyzed 1,600 words attached to the Sony emails the hacking group leaked to the media.
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